Director: Denis Villeneuve Year: 2009 Run Time: 77min
Polytechnique (2009)

Based on the tragic school shooting that took place at Montreal’s École Polytechnique on December 6, 1989 (known as the “Montreal Massacre”), director Denis Villeneuve’s melancholy docudrama portrays the events as seen from the perspective of two students.

There are some tragedies so devastating they defy rational understanding. Villeneuve films in black and white, shifting back and forth in time, attempting to maintain a sane and calm point of view in the face of just such a senseless act of violence. The result is a sensitive yet stark account of one of the more profoundly disturbing crimes in recent Canadian history.

The film won nine Genie Awards, including Best Motion Picture, and five Jutra Awards. The Toronto Film Critics Association awarded it the Best Canadian Film Prize, with critic Brian D. Johnson referring to it as “a film of astonishing courage.”


Denis Villeneuve


Jacques Davidts


Julien Rémillard, Maxime Rémillard, André Rouleau, Don Carmody


Maxim Gaudette, Sébastien Huberdeau, Karine Vanasse, Evelyne Brochu


Drama, Thriller


English, Dubbed in French




Polytechnique is filmed and set in Quebec. Denis Villeneuve is from Quebec.

Ratings by Province:

14A Alberta
14A British Columbia
14A Manitoba
14A New Brunswick
14A Newfoundland and Labrador
14A Nova Scotia
14A Northwest Territories
14A Nunavut
14A Ontario
14A Prince Edward Island
13+ Québec
14A Saskatchewan
14A Yukon