April 19 is National Canadian Film Day, a day to celebrate Canadian cinema. This year’s celebration is the biggest yet, in honour of Canada 150. Check out the website to find out what’s happening in your community as there are LOADS of free screenings and special guests.
Here are a few of The FLIPsters favourite films and quotes from the 150 Canadian film list. (NOTE: The 150 list is not a ‘best of’ list, but more of a variety that tells the Canadian story.)
Away From Her (2006) Based on the Alice Munro short story ‘The Bear Came Over the Mountain’.
Directed by Sarah Polley and starring Julie Christie and Gordon Pinsent.
This heart-wrenching film tells the tale of a couple as they struggle with Alzheimer’s and begin to forget the love they have shared for many years.
Kristy: “It’s never too late to become what you might have been.”
One Week (2008)
Written and directed by Michael McGowan and starring Joshua Jackson.
In One Week we tag along with Ben on his quest for the meaning in his life as he crosses Canada on a motorcycle.
Biker: “I tell ya, it’s a blink from diapers to Depends.”
Directed by Deepa Mehta and starring Lisa Ray.
Water is part of Mehta’s ‘Elements trilogy’ which also includes Fire and Earth. Water is about the plight and mistreatment of widows in rural India.
Bhagavati: “To talk about the truth is easy but to live by it is not.”
Last Night (1998)
Written, directed and starring Don McKellar with Sandra Oh and Roberta Maxwell.
Set during the hype of Y2K and the possibility of the end of days, we follow a group of very different people with very different ideas of how to spend their last six hours on earth.
Sandra: “You’d better hurry up. Tell me something to make me love you.”
Directed by Ivan Reitman and starring Bill Murray and Harvey Atkin
This classic comedy follows the hi-jinks of campers and counsellors at a crappy summer camp.
Tripper: “Over loudspeaker…Attention, here’s an update on tonight’s dinner…It was veal. I repeat, veal. The winner of tonight’s mystery meat contest is Jeffrey Corbin, who guessed, ‘some king of beef’.”
Strange Brew (1983)
Written, directed and starring Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas.
Hosers Bob and Doug McKenzie find jobs at a brewery only to discover there is something fishy going on.
Bob McKenzie: “This movie was shot in 3B – three beers – and it looks good, eh?”
The World Before Her (2012)
Directed by Nisha Pahuja.
This documentary follows two young women in modern day India as they choose very different paths. One prepares to join the Hindu Nationalists and the other vies to become Miss India.
Prachi (the Hindu Militant on her father’s beatings):
“Knowing that I’m a girl child, he let me live. … That’s the best part. In a traditional family, people don’t let a girl child live. They kill the child.”
Anne of Green Gables (1985)
Based on the novel by L.M. Montgomery, directed by Kevin Sullivan and starring Megan Follows, Colleen Dewhurst and Richard Farnsworth.
Set on Prince Edward Island, siblings Marila and Matthew adopt a feisty, imaginative red head named Anne (Anne with an “e”) and their lives are changed forever.
Anne Shirley: “Mrs. Hammond told me that God make my hair red on purpose and I’ve never cared for Him since.”
Written and directed by Ruba Nadda and starring Arsinee Khanjian and Shawn Doyle.
Sabah is Muslim and the man she has fallen in love with is not. Her family, her culture and her love for Stephen collide.
Majid: “Since when do you believe in love?”
Maurice Richard (The Rocket) (2005)
Directed by Charles Biname and starring Roy Dupuis and Stephen McHattie
Maurice Richard, the beloved Montreal Canadians hockey player one of the best hockey players in history, but also quietly fought and brought focus to the struggles of French Canadians.
Dick Irvin: “Check your skates for cement. Something’s got to be slowing you down. Maybe you’re too old. Maybe we can fix you up a walker. Put some little blades on it. Or we can ask the youngsters to help you skate around. I don’t wanna see Maurice tonight, I want The Rocket.”