Not sure about the fifth star, but this definitely ranks as one of Villeneuve's stronger works. It's gripping and frightening from start to finish. The scene near the end when the blood of the killer and the victim merge together is so hauntingly beautiful.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2012/dec/03/montreal-massacre-canadas-feminists-remember // "Si j'ai un fils, je veux lui apprendre l'amour. Si j'ai une fille, je veux lui apprendre que le monde lui appartient."
This makes me excited for Villeneuve's future career. Perhaps, like Fincher, he can develop and deepen the taste and aesthetic rigor to underpin his obvious visual talents. The film's harrowing midsection is scary and thoughtfully constructed, but its relative quality only raises questions as to the purpose of the film as a whole. A tricky film to reckon with, I suppose.
It's so hard not to be exploitative with these things. Unfortunately, it turns into one of those car crashes that you see by the road where everyone slows down to see. It was good that the killer was not named.
Villeneuve, has made a very powerful companion film to Elephant here. Superb direction and a poetic ending that doesn't feel contrived. His sound treatment of the actual gunfire is terrifyingly realised. 4 stars
I was in CEGEP studying for my own exams when news of the massacre came through friends and family. I don't remember hysteria, only communal shock and grief. It's a solemn, quiet memory much like the tone of Villeneuve's contemplative film. Many critics decried the labeling of that crime solely as an act of misogyny. The incident scarred men and women alike, taking lives long after the case was closed. Haunting.