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Canadian film! Hypothetically.

Question: if you (hypothetically) had to pick one Canadian film to show to a group of international students, what would that film be?

Question the second: assuming (hypothetically) you had a limited range of Canadian films* to choose from for this screening would you choose to show Bon Cop Bad Cop?

*Including (hypothetically) Top of the Food Chain (hilarious, wacky) Last Night (depressing), The Saddest Music in the World (hilarious, wacky and depressing), Hard Core Logo (rockin' and mockin'), Videodrome (wacky, creepy), 32 Short Films About Glenn Gould (arty), Waydowntown (wacky, depressing), Phil the Alien (wacky, not hilarious), Les Invasions Barbares (really freaking good), The Life and Hard Times of Guy Terrifico** (yes, another mock-rockumentary), Gunless (hilarious in context, slightly wacky) and Ararat (genocide!)

**[personal profile] serrico: another source for a Strombo vid!

ETA: The results so far (between DW, LJ and Twitter) -

Votes for things on the list (i.e. DVDs I have with me):
Bon Cop Bad Cop - 7
Hard Core Logo - 5
Last Night - 2
32 Short Films About Glenn Gould - 1
Les Invasions Barbares - 1

Votes for things not on the list (i.e. I don't own them):
Le Declin de l'empire americain
New Waterford Girl - 2
Strange Brew
Men With Brooms - 2
C.R.A.Z.Y. - 2
One Week
Away from Her
Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner
The Big Snit

Not serious votes for:
Cube Zero

Vehement votes against:
Les Invasions Barbares
Goin' Down the Road (also not on the list, :P)

In my collection, but no votes for:
The Saddest Music in the World
Phil the Alien
The Life and Hard Times of Guy Terrifico

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Feb. 16th, 2011 10:38 pm (UTC)
That actually would have been my first choice. So yes.
Feb. 16th, 2011 11:03 pm (UTC)

I'm going to have a hard time convincing them Canadians like things other than hockey (since the last time I saw this group we were at a hockey game)...
Feb. 16th, 2011 11:15 pm (UTC)
Well, clearly we ALSO like making fun of anglophones/francophones.
Feb. 16th, 2011 11:26 pm (UTC)
True! That's, like, two things!
Feb. 16th, 2011 10:58 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty sure I answered the second after only reading the first so yes I agree.
Feb. 16th, 2011 11:20 pm (UTC)
I can't decide if I should pick one about Canada (or part of it), or a film that happens to be Canadian.
Feb. 16th, 2011 11:25 pm (UTC)
I cannot contribute meaningfully to this discussion.

If you were talking about what Canadian *TV shows* to make people watch, I'd be your girl, but movies are Not So Much My Thing.

That said, Bon Cop Bad Cop is usually solid. It has Colm Feore in it, after all!
Feb. 16th, 2011 11:34 pm (UTC)
If I could turn this into a Slings & Arrows marathon, I would.

32 Short Films also has Colm Feore! But it's more obtuse. And has fewer fights and explosions. Decisions, decisions...
Feb. 17th, 2011 04:43 am (UTC)
I am entirely unqualified on the movie front, but I fully support the Slings & Arrows idea. And hey, if people are reluctant to watch it, there's always the duct-tape-them-to-the-couch option.
Feb. 17th, 2011 08:41 am (UTC)
Maybe the first two episodes of the first season of S&A.... Well, since it's a movie club thing so I should stick with the rules.
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Feb. 16th, 2011 11:29 pm (UTC)
I'm limited to the movies I have with me and alas of those three I've only got BCBC. :(
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Feb. 17th, 2011 02:40 pm (UTC)
If I really wanted to dazzle them, I'd pick Treed Murray.
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Feb. 17th, 2011 03:03 pm (UTC)
He... trees well? It gives him a physical position which mimics his metaphorical elevation? Stuffy characters look funny when they're reduced to animal/juvenile behaviour? I can't find a funny answer, only plausible ones.
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Feb. 17th, 2011 09:12 am (UTC)
D: (Do you think Kissed would go over well?)
Feb. 17th, 2011 09:11 am (UTC)
It didn't come up because I don't have a copy of it with me. Otherwise it would've been on the list. Alas.

I would only show anyone Goin' Down the Road if it was for a class, and I knew that week everyone was going to skip anyway so they could finish their essays. Ugh.
Feb. 17th, 2011 11:35 am (UTC)
Oh you just HAD to ask that question knowing I do Canadian culture, eh? *GRIN*

I'd make sure to aim for Canadian cultural diversity:
Bon Cop Bad Cop (Quebec)
Hard Core Logo (West Coast)
Men With Brooms (Ontario)
New Wateford Girl (East Coast)
Away from Her - Sarah Polley directed this
Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (aboriginal/first nations)

Other Canadian Women (we actually have a very female strong directors community): http://femfilm.ca/index.php?lang=e

You might be able to do what I do which is find clips posted on YouTube or film websites if you have an internet connection in class.
Feb. 17th, 2011 11:57 am (UTC)
Heh. I can only pick one film, that's the problem. (A bunch of international students have been getting together and sharing representative examples of national cinema.)
Feb. 20th, 2011 01:15 pm (UTC)
Aww not going to expose them to some Canadian sci-fi like Cube or Splice?

I vote for Crazy and Bon Cop Bad Cop..at least they have humor while the brain gnaws away at them.
Feb. 23rd, 2011 12:12 pm (UTC)
I would if I had copies. Besides, Top of the Food Chain counts as sci-fi!

Feb. 23rd, 2011 06:26 am (UTC)
If you only have one... I'd go Hard Core Logo, actually. There are so many little touches in Bon Cop Bad Cop that you need to be Canadian or be familiar with Canada to get. But Hard Core Logo (re)builds a world that is set in a certain time and place but still accessible/understandable by everyone. If I am making any sense. It's one of those movies where you go, "Oh so that's what it was like in X in Y." It has a lot of depth. And Callum Keith Rennie.
Feb. 23rd, 2011 12:10 pm (UTC)
You make good points. This week (after the Japanese film Departures) someone requested that we don't watch any more sad films for a while. Not that HCL is a weepy melodrama or anything, but... for all that BCBC ends with a dude blowing up, it's much less depressing.

I think you're selling BCBC a bit short, though: the cross-cultural stuff forces the narrative to explain (or at least, spend time with) broader stereotypes. As an introduction to what Quebec thinks Ontario thinks of Quebec, it's not half bad?

Still. Callum Keith Rennie. (You make good points!)
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