Every week, The newspaper, in collaboration with the firm Léger, unveils a probe on a variety of subjects that affect you from near or far. Our Barometer thus measures what makes you vibrate or frown as a Quebecker, young and old, francophone, anglophone or allophone, in Montreal or in the region.
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What do you think is the best Quebec film in history?
1. Good Cop, Bad Cop: 18%
2. CRAZY : 14%
3. The great seduction: 11%
4. The Boys : 11%
5. The war of the tuques : 11%
6. The Decline of the American Empire : 10%
7. Fires : 9%
8. Elvis Gratton : 8%
9. Cruising Bar : 7%
10. From father to cop : 6%
11. Little Aurora, the martyred child : 5%
12. 1981, 1987, 1991 : 5%
13. The Barbarian Invasions : 5%
14. Seraphim: a man and his sin : 5%
15. Mr. Lazhar : 4%
16. Polytechnic : 4%
17. Omertà : 4%
18. The 3 little pigs : 4%
19. Mommy: 3%
20. The Plouffe : 3%
21. Louis Cyr : 3%
22. My uncle Antoine : 3%
23. The Seven Days of Retaliation : 3%
24. Piché, between heaven and earth : 3%
25. La Bolduc : 2%
The survey was carried out in two stages. An open question was asked to the LEO (Leger Opinion) panelists asking them to submit the titles of their favorite films. Then, a scientific survey was conducted among a thousand representative Quebecers, from January 2 to 4, 2021, on the basis of the most mentioned films. Each respondent could choose up to three films. Only the 25 most popular films are presented in this barometer.
- Philippe Leger, The Journal of Montreal
Our cinema embodies our greatness and our collective shortcomings. Our laughter is personified by Good Cop, Bad Cop and The Boys, our regions by The Great Seduction and The Tuque War, our identities by CRAZY and The Barbarian Invasions, our hypocrisies by The Decline of the American Empire and Elvis Gratton, our miseries by Dawn and Seraph, and our dramas by Polytechnic and Mommy.
“In this type of barometer, more recent films have the advantage, because our memory is often short. “
I do not like to fall for easy criticism of “young”, but the answers given by 18 to 34 year olds are disappointing. Almost all the classics of Quebec cinema are shunned by my generation, except … Elvis Gratton. Instead of listening to yet another uniform and predictable Hollywood turnip, shouldn’t we take the time to savor Quebec culture?
Quebecers and their cinema
- Guy Fournier, The Journal of Montreal
These are the 25 best films in the history of our cinema. Vox Populi vox dei !
Despite the Latin adage, should I accept that these 25 choices are the wisest? I fiercely dispute, for example, the choice of Little Aurora, the martyred child, the very bad film by Jean-Yves Bigras. May God have his soul, but may his film burn in hell as it deserves.
The Quebecers we surveyed must have confused his Aurora with that of Luc Dionne. Bigras’ film is 69 years old. Few have seen or remember it. Luc Dionne did not give birth to a masterpiece, but compared to the Bigras turnip … If you doubt my judgment, go see the Bigras feature film on YouTube. You will have only one pleasure: discovering Janette Bertrand in the prime of her life. A beautiful firecracker!
I like that Good Cop, Bad Cop Érik Canuel is at the top of the list. The sequel produced by Alain Desrochers does not offer the same pleasure. CRAZY, by Jean-Marc Vallée, well deserves his 2nd place. It is a unique film where songs and music give the scenario a third dimension.
I read and reread the awards in the hope of finding Francis Mankiewicz’s film, The Good Storerooms. The TIFF jury ranked it in 1984, 1993 and 2004 as one of the 10 best Canadian films of all time. I didn’t see it either Orders, by Michel Brault, the only Canadian film to have won the Best Director award at the Cannes Film Festival. Not seen Leolo, the film by Jean-Claude Lauzon, which the magazine Time ranked, in 2005, as one of the 100 best films of all time. And where has the amazing gone Mafia Inc., from Podz?
As physicist Stephen Hawking once said: “Nothing is perfect! “