Canada's Top 10
Canada 2014, 119 min, Digital, Dir: Mathieu Denis
  • Monday February 2, 2015 at 9:00PM

Mathieu Denis’ gripping solo directorial debut examines the rise of the Front de libération du Québec (FLQ), the militant separatist group that precipitated the October Crisis of 1970, through the eyes of sixteen-year-old Jean Corbo (Anthony Therrien). Radicalized by a variety of factors — his lawyer father’s big-L liberal leanings, his older brother’s passionate support of a pro-independence party, the prejudices of the province’s English minority, and a chance encounter with a pretty young FLQ activist whom he hides from school authorities — the fearless and committed Jean joins a student cell and rises quickly through the FLQ ranks. Beautifully crafted and rigorously intelligent, Corbo is one of those rare historical films that allow us to understand the reasons behind radical actions even as it refuses to gloss over their sometimes dire consequences. (TIFF)

FILM ARTICLE "The content is explosive, but Quebec director Mathieu Denis believes the issue of Quebec identity is a ticking time bomb.” Katherine Monk, National Post

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