115 mins | French Language | Offbeat Cinema |
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Director: Robin Aubert

Writer(s): Robin Aubert

Star(s): François Chénier, Isabelle Blais, Patrice Robitaille


At once creepy and thought-provoking, Saints-Martyrs-des-Damnés is an eerie and playful supernatural thriller.

Tabloid reporter Flavien (Chénier) and his photographer buddy Armand (Robitaille) are dispatched to a rural Quebec village to investigate a series of mysterious disappearances. Almost immediately things begin to go awry, as Armand vanishes on their first night in town.

The town’s inhabitants are a strange group — a mayor who rules with an iron fist, creepy twins who run the motel, a mechanic who wears a mask to hide his face, a woman who plays her guitar to the cows, and many others. But Flavien can’t get anyone to help him, as they all seem suspicious and in some cases downright aggressive toward him.

With an arresting visual style and quirky sense of humour, the film pushes the boundaries of the conventional thriller, tackling questions about identity, responsibility and mortality in a refreshing way.

    About the Director

    Robin Aubert

    Saints-Martyrs-des-Damnés premiered at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival. Aubert also directed the feature films À quelle heure le train pour nulle part and À l’origine d’un cri, and starred in De père en flic, Tuktuq and critical hit Guibord s’en va-t-en guerre. His latest film, Les Affamés, premiered at TIFF 2017.


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    • French Language with English Subtitles

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