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Barely Recognized (and Awesome) Canadian Films

Maurice Lee

over 3 years ago

Now, there are only two such movies that I know of, but the few I list don’t get the respect or recognition (I think) they deserve.

Dog Park
Treed Murray

As I said, I only know of a couple (lol… ?). Anybody else have an opinion on the matter (or know of the movies I listed)?

Nathan M.

over 3 years ago

Strange Brew

Post-Kyo

over 3 years ago

Last Night and In Between Days are two faves.

apursan​sar

over 3 years ago

Allan King’s “Warrendale” and “A Married Couple” are must-see films, these are as authentic and harrowing as cinema can get. “Come On Children” is also worth a watch, though it’s not as emotionally powerful as the two others. I further suggest the important cinéma vérité documentary “For Those Who Will Follow” and Michel Brault’s reenactment of the state of emergency in Quebec 1970 which lead to the detention of several innocents. The film is called “Orderers”. My favorite fictional feature from the country which Grierson tried to turn into a model for documentary and animation production is probably “Good Riddance” by Francis Mankiewicz . It features an outstanding child performance and provides an interesting glimpse into the daily troubles of a split French Canadian middle-class family. Donald Shebib’s “Goin’ Down the Road” is another essential Canadian film, and tells the story of those that came to Toronto in the early 70s in order to find work (and love). Atom Egoyan’s films are also great, I’m especially keen on “Calendar” and “Exotica”.

For further viewing recommentations I suggest to check out Kenji’s list A Collection of Contraband Curiosities, Gabriel Faucher’s list Le Cinéma du Québec, Kim Packard’s list Cinéma Québecois and Owen Sound’s list National Film Board of Canada.

MICHAEL

over 3 years ago

Depends on what counts as ‘barely recognized.’ Guy Maddin is barely recognized by the public but I’m sure 90% of the posters here know of him. I would recommend Léolo. I don’t think it’s so well-known.

Maurice Lee

over 3 years ago

@Nathan M.: You win, good sir :D

@Machiko Kyo: Last Night was amazing, In Between Two Days I’ll have to see.

@Apursansar: I’ve never heard of any of the movies you mentioned except for Exotica. Atom Egoyan is a brilliant director!

@Michael: Yeah, I guess it does count, but Leolo is pretty well-known in most Canadian film circles. That’s just my opinion.

Kenji

over 3 years ago

there’s an edge to many Canadian films and directors that might be called eccentric; even the lumberjacks don’t conform to expectations

Ari

over 3 years ago

Also, covered already on this thread:

http://mubi.com/topics/4472?page=1

Caligul​a

over 3 years ago

I second Exotica. also, Mon Oncle Antoine (criterion released this quebec movie), Careful (Guy Maddin), and Away From Her (Sarah Polley, 2006)

Kenji

over 3 years ago

The transport system is a bit disconcerting

Ari

over 3 years ago

“I second Exotica. also, Mon Oncle Antoine (criterion released this quebec movie), Careful (Guy Maddin), and Away From Her (Sarah Polley, 2006)”

In what alternate universe are two films by Anglo Canada’s most famous talents and the film voted the best Canadian film ever seen as “barely recognized”?

Dennis...Brian

over 3 years ago

Lesile My Name is Evil was fascinating.

It never conformed to the standard killer bio

It had the lofty goal of capturing a time and a place and a mindset and met the goal big time.

Joks

over 3 years ago

I really liked Fun when i saw it in the 90’s. hard to believe it was made by the same guy that directed Screwballs and National Lampoon’s Last Resort. i’m sure it’s probably dated now but it deserved a wider release at the time.

Santrop​ez

over 3 years ago

Canada’s actual situation is pretty much like the one in Australia. All most people know are Guy Maddin and David Cronenberg. I remember watching a good, unknown canadian film lately, but cannot recall its name nor plot. ):

Maurice Lee

over 3 years ago

@Dennis Brian: I concur :D

@ Santropez: That’s a shame, man :(

Kenji

over 3 years ago

The Canadians have some strange habits

Santrop​ez

over 3 years ago

Last night NEH posted this link . It’s the site of the National Film Board of Canada and it’s got some free to watch now films, enjoy (o:

It even haves Hockey Films! :E

Maurice Lee

over 3 years ago

Thanks a bunch, mate :D I’m suprised that as a Canadian film-lover, I haven’t even heard about this :S

Kenji

over 3 years ago

Caroline Leaf; another fine animator in a great tradition.

Santrop​ez

over 3 years ago

EEEEEEEEEEEE lol Kenji, that was hilarious!

Maurice Lee

over 3 years ago

XDDDDD NICE!