2020 | Dir Sophie Dupuis | 97 mins | Canada
Maxime works in a mine in Val d’Or. He shares his time with his girlfriend and his childhood friend, Julien, who was disabled after a car accident he caused two years earlier. Feeling guilty, Maxime wants to redeem himself. But he is held back by Mario, Julien’s father who also works at the mine and who still holds it against him. One day, an explosion resounds underground. As part of the rescue mission, Maxime descends into the cave of the mine with the firm intention to save his colleagues.
French with English subtitles.
Joakim Robillard (King Dave) is outstanding as the conflicted Maxime, with excellent support from Théodore Pellerin (Genèse), in a thought-provoking and deftly-handled examination of masculinity in crisis.
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UNDERGROUND had its world premiere screening at the 2020 Whistler Film Festival, where Dupuis won the Borsos Competition award for Best Director of a Canadian Film; and opened the Rendez-vous Québec Cinéma Film Festival in April 2021.
“A mine explosion disaster film that digs deeper than most” Cath Clark in The Guardian
“It’s the plotting that shines most in this social drama about a Quebec mining community. ‘Underground’ unravels a complex web of interconnected relationships among the miners, a web we know will lead to a cataclysmic end.”
★★★★ – Alex Crisp, UK FIlm Review