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1.
Crash (1996)
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After getting into a serious car accident, a TV director discovers an underground sub-culture of scarred, omnisexual car-crash victims who use car accidents and the raw sexual energy they produce to try to rejuvenate his sex life with his wife. (100 mins.)
 
2.
Mommy (2014)
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A widowed single mother, raising her violent son alone, finds new hope when a mysterious neighbor inserts herself into their household. (139 mins.)
Director: Xavier Dolan
 
3.
L'homme qui plantait des arbres (1987 Short Film)
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The story of a shepherd's single handed quest to re-forest a barren valley. (30 mins.)
Director: Frédéric Back
 
4.
Laurence Anyways (2012)
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A drama that charts ten years in the relationship of a male-to-female transsexual's relationship with her lover. (168 mins.)
Director: Xavier Dolan
 
5.
J'ai tué ma mère (2009)
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A semi-autobiographical story about Hubert as a young homosexual at odds with his mother. (96 mins.)
Director: Xavier Dolan
 
6.
The Sweet Hereafter (1997)
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A bus crash in a small town brings a lawyer to the town to defend the families, but he discovers that everything is not what it seems. (112 mins.)
Director: Atom Egoyan
 
7.
Cosmopolis (2012)
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Riding across Manhattan in a stretch limo in order to get a haircut, a 28-year-old billionaire asset manager's day devolves into an odyssey with a cast of characters that start to tear his world apart. (109 mins.)
 
8.
Exotica (1994)
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Francis, whose daughter was murdered a few years ago, is always watching Christina dance in the night club Exotica. One night he is dared to touch the girl and ends up being thrown out. He then sends in Thomas to try and find explanations. (103 mins.)
Director: Atom Egoyan
 
9.
Videodrome (1983)
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When he acquires a different kind of show for his station, a sleazy cable-TV programmer begins to see his life and the future of media spin out of control in a terrifying new reality. (87 mins.)
 
10.
The Heart of the World (2000 Short Film)
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Nikolai, a mortician, and Osip, an actor playing Christ in a play, are brothers in love with the same woman... (6 mins.)
Director: Guy Maddin
 
11.
Atanarjuat (2001)
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The telling of an Inuit legend of an evil spirit causing strife in the community and one warrior's endurance and battle of its menace. (172 mins.)
Director: Zacharias Kunuk
 
12.
Calendar (1993)
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A photographer and his wife take photographs of Armenian churches for use in a calendar. Their driver... (74 mins.)
Director: Atom Egoyan
 
13.
Âme noire - Black Soul (2001 Short Film)
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The History of Afro-Americans, from the slave trade and arrival of Africans in America in the 17th century to the modern day, told by an old lady to her grandson through the family's history book. (10 mins.)
 
14.
Water (2005)
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A thesis picture. In 1938, Gandhi's party is making inroads in women's rights. Chuyia, a child already married but living with her parents... (117 mins.)
Director: Deepa Mehta
 
15.
Earth (1998)
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It's 1947 and the borderlines between India and Pakistan are being drawn. A young girl bears witnesses to tragedy as her ayah is caught between the love of two men and the rising tide of political and religious violence. (110 mins.)
Director: Deepa Mehta
 
16.
L'homme sans ombre (2004 Short Film)
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A solitary man without a shadow rises from his desk, dons his hat, and leaves his apartment. He walks through a city to a large door... (9 mins.)
 
17.
The Grey Fox (1982)
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When an aging, but gentlemanly stagecoach robber is released from prison, he decides to go to Canada to become a train robber. (110 mins.)
Director: Phillip Borsos
 
18.
Monsieur Lazhar (2011)
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At a Montréal public grade school, an Algerian immigrant is hired to replace a popular teacher who committed suicide in her classroom. While helping his students deal with their grief, his own recent loss is revealed. (94 mins.)
 
19.
The Corporation (2003 Documentary)
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Documentary that looks at the concept of the corporation throughout recent history up to its present-day dominance. (145 mins.)
 
20.
Eastern Promises (2007)
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A Russian teenager living in London who dies during childbirth leaves clues to a midwife in her journal that could tie her child to a rape involving a violent Russian mob family. (100 mins.)
 
21.
Anvil: The Story of Anvil (2008 Documentary)
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Since 1978, Anvil has become one of heavy metal's most influential yet commercially unsuccessful acts. In 2006, after a fledging European tour Anvil sets out to record their thirteenth album and continue to follow their dreams. (80 mins.)
Director: Sacha Gervasi
 
22.
Crac (1980 Short Film)
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The industrialization of Montreal, as seen from the point of view of a rocking-chair. (15 mins.)
Director: Frédéric Back
 
23.
Maps to the Stars (2014)
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A tour into the heart of a Hollywood family chasing celebrity, one another and the relentless ghosts of their pasts. (111 mins.)
 
24.
Felicia's Journey (1999)
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A young woman leaves Ireland to find her boyfriend in England, and while there is helped by a man hiding unsettling secrets. (116 mins.)
Director: Atom Egoyan
 
25.
Family Viewing (1987)
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Van's father, Stan, is fond of video, always taping scenes of daily family life. But he does not take care of Van's grandmother... (86 mins.)
Director: Atom Egoyan
 
26.
Snow Cake (2006)
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A drama focused on the friendship between a high-functioning autistic woman and a man who is traumatized after a fatal car accident. (112 mins.)
Director: Marc Evans
 
27.
Tom à la ferme (2013)
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A grieving man meets his lover's family, who were not aware of their son's sexual orientation. (102 mins.)
Director: Xavier Dolan
 
28.
Fire (1996)
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Ashok runs a family business that sells takeout food that also has a video rental store at the side... (108 mins.)
Director: Deepa Mehta
 
29.
Stories We Tell (2012 Documentary)
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A film that excavates layers of myth and memory to find the elusive truth at the core of a family of storytellers. (108 mins.)
Director: Sarah Polley
 
30.
Enemy (2013)
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A man seeks out his exact look-alike after spotting him in a movie. (91 mins.)
 
31.
eXistenZ (1999)
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A game designer on the run from assassins must play her latest virtual reality creation with a marketing trainee to determine if the game has been damaged. (97 mins.)
 
32.
Ryan (2004 Documentary)
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The movie talks about the life of Ryan Larkin, a gifted Canadian animator of the late '60s and the early '70s. (14 mins.)
Director: Chris Landreth
 
33.
My Winnipeg (2007 Documentary)
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Fact, fantasy and memory are woven seamlessly together in this portrait of film-maker Guy Maddin's home town of Winnipeg, Manitoba. (80 mins.)
Director: Guy Maddin
 
34.
21-87 (1964 Documentary)
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Snippets from discarded footage, and with footage shot on the streets of Montreal and New York City, combined to a collage with the underlying argument as to whether man is a complex machine or a creature with a soul. (10 mins.)
Director: Arthur Lipsett
 
35.
Pas de deux (1968 Short Film)
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Two ballet dancers perform a dance enhanced with surreal multi and after-image effect visuals. (13 mins.)
Director: Norman McLaren
 
36.
The Fly (1986)
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A brilliant but eccentric scientist begins to transform into a giant man/fly hybrid after one of his experiments goes horribly wrong. (96 mins.)
 
37.
Next of Kin (1984)
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Twenty-three-year old Peter Foster is an only child who lives at home, where he constantly hears his parents arguing... (70 mins.)
Director: Atom Egoyan
 
38.
Camera (2000 Short Film)
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While a veteran actor laments the state of film and film acting, a group of young children sneak a Panavision camera into the apartment where the actor resides and decide to make a film with it. (6 mins.)
 
39.
The Adjuster (1991)
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A reflection about what makes everyone's life unique, through the story of Noah's family. Noah is an adjuster... (102 mins.)
Director: Atom Egoyan
 
40.
The Bead Game (1977 Short Film)
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To a percussive soundtrack, a succession of more complex animals forms and is consumed by their successors (all formed from beads). Finally, We reach man, who develops ever more sophisticated forms of war. (6 mins.)
Director: Ishu Patel
 
41.
Away from Her (2006)
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A man coping with the institutionalization of his wife because of Alzheimer's disease faces an epiphany when she transfers her affections to another man, Aubrey, a wheelchair-bound mute who also is a patient at the nursing home. (110 mins.)
Director: Sarah Polley
 
42.
Incendies (2010)
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Twins journey to the Middle East to discover their family history, and fulfill their mother's last wishes. (131 mins.)
 
43.
Paradise (1984 Short Film)
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In this short animation film, a magnificent bird performs for the Emperor inside a glittering palace... (15 mins.)
Director: Ishu Patel
 
44.
Les invasions barbares (2003)
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During his final days, a dying man is reunited with old friends, former lovers, his ex-wife, and his estranged son. (99 mins.)
Director: Denys Arcand