Passchendaele

Passchendaele

Paul Gross (2007)

109min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Paul Gross, the former star of TV series Due South, overreaches himself here as the star, writer and director of this embarrassing melodrama that clearly has aspirations to being the Canadian equivalent of Peter Weir's Gallipoli (1981). Gross plays dashing Sergeant Michael Dunne, who is wounded in a heroic attack and returns to Calgary to serve in the recruiting office of a blustering British officer (Jim Mezon). There, Dunne swaggers his way into the lives of morphine-addicted nurse Sarah Mann (Caroline Dhavernas) and her brother David (Joe Dinicol), who is determined to join up despite his debilitating asthma. It's Gross's direction that makes this so excruciating, with the climactic battle sequences being so weighed down by trite religious symbolism that they insult the memory of everyone who fell in the trenches. Gregory Middleton's photography is fine, but the dialogue is wincingly anachronistic and the performances rarely rise above risible caricature.

Summary

A Canadian soldier is injured in battle during the First World War, and falls for a nurse in the hospital. Declared unfit for duty due to ill health, he is reassigned to a recruitment station - but he tricks his way back to the front line to protect the brother of the woman he loves. Drama, directed by and starring Paul Gross. With Caroline Dhavernas and Joe Dinicol.

Cast & Crew

Michael Dunne Paul Gross
Sarah Mann Caroline Dhavernas
David Mann Joe Dinicol
Cassie Walker Meredith Bailey
Dobson-Hughes Jim Mezon
Highway Michael Greyeyes
Col Ormand Adam Harrington
Royster Gil Bellows
Director Paul Gross
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Other Information

Language: English / GermanColourTheatrical distributor: High FliersGuidance: Contains violence, swearing, sex scenes, nudity, drug abuse.Available on: DVD and Blu-ray
Drama