Passchendaele 2008

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In this WW1 story of passion and courage, Michael is wounded and sent home to Calgary. He falls in love with a German-born nurse and befriends her asthmatic brother. When he signs up, Dunn follows him and they end up fighting in the battle of Passchendaele, where thousands of Canadians died.

Starring:
Alex Arsenault, Meredith Bailey
Runtime:
1 hour 49 minutes

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Passchendaele

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Product Details

Genres Military & War, Drama, Action & Adventure, Romance, Historical
Director Paul Gross
Starring Alex Arsenault, Meredith Bailey
Supporting actors Gil Bellows, Don Bland, David Brown, Tom Carey, Jason Cermak, Ryan Cowie, Ross Crockett, Caroline Dhavernas, Joe Dinicol, Jesse Frechette, Michael Greyeyes, Paul Gross, Adam Harrington, David Haysom
Studio HIGH FLIERS
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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81 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 17 Mar 2010
Format: DVD
The Third Battle of Ypres was fought in the most nightmarish conditions of any campaign on the Western Front, going from initial unexploited victory to muddy, bloody stalemate, yet despite the impossible conditions, the Canadian troops who fought there, like the Australians, distinguished themselves on a remarkably regular basis, inadvertently providing endless material for a truly great film. Unfortunately Passchendaele, Canada's most expensive film to date (but still mostly unreleased outside its borders), is not that film. Even more unfortunately, it has the feel of a vanity project, with Due South's Mountie Paul Gross writing, co-producing, directing, providing the end title song and giving himself a leading role with all the things actors love to do as a heroic/cynical/tragic/shellshocked Canadian soldier who falls in love with a nurse back home (Caroline Dhavernas, an appealing actress who delivers the film's most convincing performance) before being thrown back into the fray to keep an eye on her screwed up brother. Looking like Patrick Wayne and often sounding like the Duke - "Bring on the Hell!" - he's rendered as too much of a stock WW2 movie character despite being based on a real person, which keeps you from taking him or the movie seriously.

Nor do the opening heroics convince - like much of the film, too many of the attitudes ring false, from its far too modern hero to the designer cynicism. For all the sporadic faux-Saving Private Ryan combat sequences, these are always stock movie characters in stock movie situations saying stock movie dialogue like "You're looking for romance, kid, you're not going to find it in a trench.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Jack Jones on 25 Feb 2010
Format: DVD
This is a Canadian film set during the WW1 battle at Passchendaele in 1917. Paul Gross from Due South, wrote, directed and starred in an accurate recreation of the battle scenes. For Gross it's a personal film, his grandfather fought there and the opening scenes describe what he did that haunted him for the rest of his life.

The plot is the Gross character is wounded and sent home to Canada with shell shock. He falls in love with a nurse, who initially can't reciprocate because she's trained not to care too much about the thousands of patients she has to treat. So Gross invalided of the army is sent home to recruit.

In Canada he meets a young man who wants to fight but because of asthma isn't allowed to join up. The veteran can't reason with him there is nothing noble or glorious in war and having befriended him is horrified when he tricks his way into the army and straight to the mud and slaughter of Passchendaele. Gross returns to the fray to protect the young soldier.

This film accurately shows the horror of fighting in the incessant rain and mud at Passchandaele. Most of the film is a slow build up to this climax. The first hour is boring, wallowing in melodrama. Gross isn't a Hollywood A-lister and it shows here as he can't carry the film. We have a token baddy who happens to be British (no surprise there).

The budget was limited and it shows. We are hard to shock today after seeing Saving Private Ryan and Band of Brothers, both productions miles better. As for Passchendaele, don't waste your time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Witcombe on 2 July 2013
Format: DVD
'Passchendaele' is not as good a film as it clearly wants to be; it is, however, beautiful. The film radiates with authenticity, and the scenes that take place in war are suitably horrific. Every scene seems layered both with a striking starkness and a keen eye for detail. This is a visually stunning film.

...which would be fine, if that was remotely reflective of the film as a whole. Beset by a badly cast group of actors giving largely overwrought performances, this film also suffers from an invasive score that renders all would-be moments of pathos grossly sentimental.

There are also some scenes that border on black comedy: A teenager petulantly kicking over (stone) German tombstones manages to send one flying. The film's hero sees a nurse through morphine withdrawl with the power of hugs. A battlefield falls instantly silent for the entrance of said hero. And so on.

The director also seems keen for us to recognise the film's symbolism - so keen that references to crucifictions and kestrels occupy a good portion of the film's dialogue. It's not so much heavy-handed as cack-handed.

But!

This is one of the most striking films to take the First World War as its subject matter. The war scenes are some of the most convincing yet put to film, and even the portion of the film set in Canada is beautifully shot. Don't go in expecting a masterpiece, and forget the largely schmaltzy plot. Just look, appreciate the scenery and try not to cringe too much at the dialogue.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert A. H. Smith on 6 May 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This film had very authentic costume and sets, well filmed and technially good. The problem is the massive ego of the writer director and lead who manages to ruin the piece with a vomit inducing ending.
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73 of 88 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Kerry J. Trubee on 10 Feb 2010
Format: DVD
I was told about this film during the summer. i was on a trip to the battlefields of the Western front with a mate. We visited Newfoundland park and Passchendaele and met a few Canadians. i was told what a great film it was and eagerly awaited the DVD release and Oh what a disappointment. i think this was just about the most pretentious, crass war film I have ever seen. The acting was risible, so much so i thought it was a comedy at first. the characters had no depth, it used stereotypes and the battle scenes were cartoonish. It was so obvious. The first half of the film was a boring waste of my time and the second half laugh out loud bad. take the shot of our hero walking alone down a plank road through the desolation of the wet Flanders plain. cue the director shouting "and action" and all of a sudden on walk the actors, hilarious. The final reel where our hero carries his girlfriends brothers body back on his crucifix a la Christ on the Via Dolorosa was so bad I cringed. "my men, my modern Christs, your bloody agony confronts the world" hardly, it was an insult to the brave Canadians who martyred themselves in Flanders. Don't watch this film, it is dreadful.
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