Happy Canada Day to all my fellow Canadians out there! To celebrate, I’m going to post a list of some recommendations for Canadian films – including films produced by Canadians, partially produced by Canadians, or filmed in Canada.
In alphabetical order (with synopses taken from IMDB):
(500) Days of Summer (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director: Marc Webb
Starring: Zooey Deschanel, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Geoffrey Arend
An offbeat romantic comedy about a woman who doesn’t believe true love exists, and the young man who falls for her.
Bon Cop, Bad Cop Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Director: Erik Canuel
Starring: Michel Beaudry, Patrick Huard, Colm Feore
When a crime is committed on the border of Quebec and Ontario, everyone is forced to come together to figure out the case, whether they want to or not.
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Musical
Director: Rob Marshall
Starring: Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere
Murderesses Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart find themselves on death row together and fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows in 1920s Chicago.
Indie Game: The Movie (2012)
Directors: Lisanne Pajot, James Swirsky
Starring: Jonathan Blow, Phil Fish, Edmund McMillen
A documentary that follows the journeys of indie game developers as they create games and release those works, and themselves, to the world.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director: Jason Reitman
Starring: Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner
Faced with an unplanned pregnancy, an offbeat young woman makes an unusual decision regarding her unborn child.
Life of Pi (2012)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Director: Ang Lee
Starring: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Adil Hussain
A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger.
Mean Girls (2004)
Director: Mark Waters
Starring: Lindsay Lohan, Jonathan Bennett, Rachel McAdams
Cady Heron is a hit with The Plastics, the A-list girl clique at her new school, until she makes the mistake of falling for Aaron Samuels, the ex-boyfriend of alpha Plastic Regina George.
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Director: Paul Gross
Starring: Paul Gross, Caroline Dhavernas, Joe Dinicol
The lives of a troubled veteran, his nurse girlfriend and a naive boy intersect first in Alberta and then in Belgium during the bloody World War I battle of Passchendaele.
The Woman in Black (2012)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Director: James Watkins
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Janet McTeer, Ciarán Hinds
A young lawyer travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals.
Up the Yangtze (2007)
Director: Yung Chang
Starring: Jerry Bo Yu Chen, Campbell Ping He, Cindy Shui Yu
At the edge of the Yangtze River, not far from the Three Gorges Dam, young men and women take up employment on a cruise ship, where they confront rising waters and a radically changing China.