Les Ordres

Les Ordres (film)

Orders (Original title: Les Ordres, known in the United States as: Orderers) is a 1974 Quebec historical drama film about the incarceration of innocent civilians during the 1970 October Crisis and the War Measures Act enacted by the Canadian government of Pierre Trudeau. It is the second film by director Michel Brault. It features entertainer and Senator Jean Lapointe.

The film tells the story of five of those incarcerated civilians. It is scripted but is inspired by a number of interviews with actual prisoners made during the events and its style is heavily inspired by the Quebec school of Cinéma vérité (called "Direct Cinema"). It won a Cannes Film Festival Award in 1975 and, at a time when Quebec did not have its own Cinema awards (see Jutra Awards), it gathered four Canadian Film Awards (predecessor of the Genie Awards) the same year.

Cast

Awards

  • 1975 Cannes Film Festival, won for Best Director (Michel Brault, tied with the director of Section spéciale)
  • 1975 Cannes Film Festival, nominated for Golden Palm (Michel Brault)
  • 1975 Canadian Film Awards, won for Best Feature Film (Claude Godbout, Guy Dufaux and Bernard Lalonde)
  • 1975 Canadian Film Awards, won for Film of the Year (Guy Dufaux, Claude Godbout and Bernard Lalonde)
  • 1975 Canadian Film Awards, won for Best Original Script (Michel Brault)
  • 1975 Canadian Film Awards, won for Best Direction (Michel Brault)
  • Thrice ranked as one of the seven best Canadian films in all three of the TIFF List of Canada's Top Ten Films of All Time surveys (in 1984, 1993 and 2004) of the Toronto International Film Festival

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