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La marque

Sponsored by: STM

World Premiere

  • Quebec 2008
  • 92 min
  • video
  • French with English subtitles
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Director: Jonathan Barbe
Screenplay: Jonathan Barbe
Cast: Marc Fournier, Sylvio Archambault, Sonia Quirion, Jacques Jalbert
Producers: Ramez El Hajj
Distributor: A-Z Films Inc.


There are things that happen when weíre young that can affect the entire course of our lives. In RaphaŽlís case, a childhood secret still weighs heavily on him. When he was 10 years old, he helped his friend David, who came from a broken home, to kick back against authority figures in the most extreme manner. Together, they killed a man. Now an adult himself, RaphaŽl remains haunted by the act. Working as a police photographer, he hovers around crime scenes taking snapshots. Every picture he takes is burned not only onto film but into his mind, a mind torn by obssession. The day he visits the scene of a particularly horrific crime, one worthy of the Manson Family with its hateful messages scrawled in the blood of the victims on the walls, the spectre of Davidís memory resurfaces in RaphaŽl. He soons finds himself face to face with a Satanic cult eager to use him to find David. But David is also trying to find RaphaŽl, and he intends to complete his final, most terrible taskÖ

LA MARQUE might not have benefited from much of a budget, but that didnít stop director and screenwriter Jonathan Barbe from crafting a debut film packed with suspense, shocks and moments of incredible dramatic tension. The makeup effects, care of Luca Pompilio, are disturbingly realistic, and the score by Raymond El Hajj is perfectly suited to this murky, menacing feature film. The careful camerawork by Ramez El Hajj offers some remarkably effective imagery. Yet another film demonstrating how Quebecís genre-film community is on the right track. And a film that includes a serial killer, mysterious Satanists and a quest for mystical powers couldnít find a better audience than at Fantasia!

—Nicolas Archambault (translated by Rupert Bottenberg)

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