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About the Movie
Set during the height of the First World War, PASSCHENDAELE tells the story of Sergeant Michael Dunne (Paul Gross), a soldier who is brutally wounded in France and returns to Calgary emotionally and physically scarred. While in the military hospital in Calgary, he meets Sarah (Caroline Dhavernas), a mysterious and attractive nurse with whom he develops a passionate love. When Sarah's younger asthmatic brother David (Joe Dinicol) signs up to fight in Europe, Michael feels compelled to return to Europe to protect him. Michael and David, like thousands of Canadians, are sent to fight in the third battle of Ypres, a battle against impossible odds, commonly known as “Passchendaele”. It is a story of passion, courage and dedication, showing the heroism of those that fought in battle, and of the ones that loved them.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 14
- Fresh: 5
- Rotten: 9
- Average Rating: 5.0/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: Toronto fest opener crudely welds the grisly verisimilitude of Saving Private Ryan to the contempo cultural revisionism of Pearl Harbor but can't forge the disparate tones into a powerful whole.
Rotten: A war movie that can't make up its mind whether war is bad or something one can be proud of.
Fresh: Passchendaele hearkens back to war films of decades past, when patriotism, valour and integrity were presented without irony. But it is infused with the stoicism of people who know it is their job to try to find meaning within an insane situation.
Rotten: The scenes may be embarrassing, but at least Gross can't be accused of playing it safe.
The best Canadian film ever.
Me and my father saw this at the premiere at TIFF. Being from Calgary, and seeing it filmed here, it was just amazing to see the transformation from muddy streets to the best war movie since Saving Private Ryan. A lot of people may consider the ending presumptuous and big-headed in terms of artistic merit, but if you can look past that, then you have a amazing movie right in front of your eyes.
Exceptional Canadian Film
Finally, we Canadians get to celebrate our own heroic war victory. Most expensive Canadian movie up to date, not much by today's standards: $20 million. Worht every one. Note: not recommended for people disturbed by gore or realistic war scenes.
very good movie
it was very good i love first world war movies they are amazing to watch. Ive heard alot of stories about the first world war my grandpa was in that war. I give the movie a 10 out of 10
- Genre: Action & Adventure
- Released: 2008
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