On December 6, 1989, Canadians were shaken to the core by what is now known as the “École Polytechnique Massacre” or “Montréal Massacre.” Marc Lépine, 25, roamed the corridors of Montréal’s École Polytechnique (Polytechnique School) before killing Geneviève Bergeron, Hélène Colgan, Nathalie Croteau, Barbara Daigneault, Anne-Marie Edward, Maud Haviernick, Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz, Maryse Laganière, Maryse Leclair, Anne-Marie Lemay, Sonia Pelletier, Michèle Richard, Annie St-Arneault, and Annie Turcotte. He then killed himself.
Ten years later, Director Denis Villeneuve decided to document that specific day through the eyes of two students, Valérie and Jean-François, whose lives were forever changed by the event. The Quebec film garnered nine Genie Awards – including Best Motion Picture, Achievement in Direction, Original Screenplay, and Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role.
Cendrine Marrouat is a freelance writer/reviewer, blogger, published author and translator living in Canada. Official Website: http://www.cendrinemarrouat.com
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