Canada’s grandeur when it comes to the contour and urban spirit lies in its mountains, plains, coastline, and metropolitan cities like Montréal and Vancouver. The country’s French- and English- speaking residents have influenced the culture of whose portrayal can be witnessed in an assemblage of excellent and jaw dropping films. It is only recently when Made Nous started celebrating the works of Canadian creators in films, television, and more that led the world to admire the Canadian culture, nature, and art. So, here the top five films that will make you fall in love with Canada.
One Week (2008):
One Week is directed by Michael McGowan that portrays such lively sceneries of Canada that those appear to be characters in the film. It is a comedy-drama that portrays the story of Ben Tyler (Joshua Jackson) who is in his thirties, setting off on a cross-Canada motorcycle journey after cancer hits his life. Starting from Toronto and ending up at Vancouver Island, exploring many famous Canadian landmarks en route including the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel and Sudbury’s Big Nickel. The locations in the film extend from British Columbia and Alberta including Carman, Manitoba, and Ontario. Some locations are even such that even a few Canadians won’t recognize.
The way the film has been captured has led media personalities like Mathieu Chantelois to appreciate the work of the director and cast.
Les Boys (1997):
Les Boys is a comedy film based in Quebec. It is about a low-level amateur hockey team who are the only ones who can stop their coach from losing his tavern by defeating a team on the ice. The film beautifully portrays the exciting atmosphere of Montreal, Longueuil, and Louis Saia. The film also stresses on the portrayal of the importance of hockey in Canadian culture and the persistence of Quebec natives.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010):
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is an action-comedy directed by Edgar Wright. The humble coolness of Toronto is captured in the film. The film is based on a novel series by Bryan Lee O’Malley. The film is about the struggle of loafer bass guitarist Scott (Michael Cera) to gain his dream girl’s affection by defeating her seven exes. The entire film focuses on spots and locations that are favorite of the young residents like Casa Loma, Pizza Pizza, the Toronto Public Library, and the Second Cup coffee shop, as well as many local neighborhoods instead of capturing sceneries and nature.
The Sweet Hereafter (1997):
The Sweet Hereafter, directed by Atom Egoyan is a melancholy drama based on a Russell Banks novel and shot in a small British Columbia town. The story portrays the aftereffect of a school bus accident because of which 14 students met their unfortunate end. The film is shot in various locations over Ontario and British Columbia portraying the weird beauty and secludedness of the icy panoramas. On one hand, the town serves as a means to unite some of the residents as they cope with their grief, and on the other, some residents of the community selfishly carry on with their lives. The Sweet Hereafter has won three awards at the Cannes festival and has also received Oscar nominations.
The Shipping News (2001):
The Shipping News is directed by Lasse Hallstrom is based on Annie Proulx Pulitzer’s winning novel of the same name. The Shipping News is a story that depicts the death of a reporters’ (Kevin Spacey) unfaithful wife after which he and his 6-year-old daughter move to his ancestral home in Newfoundland on the suggestion of his aunt (Judi Dench). The film is shot on the beautiful east coast of Canada which many people fail to notice. A tiny fishing town called New Bonaventure serves as a fictitious village by the name Kil-Claw in the film.