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Savage Messiah (2002)

Polly Walker , Luc Picard , Mario Azzopardi  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Polly Walker, Luc Picard, Isabelle Blais, Louis Ferreira, Isabelle Cyr
  • Directors: Mario Azzopardi
  • Writers: Sharon Riis
  • Producers: Bernard Zukerman, Irene Litinsky, Jamie Brown, Michael Prupas
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: First Look Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: February 4, 2003
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007L4LV
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #415,692 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Savage Messiah" on IMDb

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Based on real-life events in Canada in the late 1980's, social worker Paula Jackson investigated a commune run by a messiah-like figure who referred to himself as Moses. Jackson's findings uncovered disturbing mental and physical abuses of this cult's members by its maniacal leader. Soon, Jackson found herself fighting to save Moses's followers.

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Savage Messaih is the true story of Roc Tremain who had a commune up in Canada where he lived with his 9 wives. On the outside it would seem like they are a happy and peaceful folk, if not a little kinky at times. However whn dweliing upon the inner mysteries of the commune it was revealed that Roc was truelly a monster who physically, psychologically, and sexually abused his 9 wives and 17 children.
This stroy story tells how he was found out about what he did. ALthough the movie cannot even begin to explain what all he really did (and still hold the R rating as well as being viewable in most nations) it does show mostly how he manipulated his wives especially when they all claimed to love him.
The reason this story is so sad and disturbing is the fact that it actually happened, and to many degrees still happens not just in Canada, or BRitian, or any other nation, but also here in the United States. This harsh tale of Physical, Mental, and Sexual abuse may test to some degree of what you thought you knew about Society, and of people as well.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT March 11, 2003
Based on a true story;modern Mansonesque self proclaimed prophet goes wild in Canada.Gripping,disturbing,and highly watchable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good depiction March 16, 2009
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This movie was very good. It depicted the savage nature of 'Moses'. Those poor women and children were as controlled by this man as the Manson family was. They were afraid to leave and stayed with the abuse. Finally some of them won't take it anymore, with the help of a social worker and the police.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Savage Messiah is Something of a Hidden Treasure February 12, 2007
The sociopath Roc Tremain (Luc Picard) is the Canadian version of Charles Manson. He ruthlessly manipulated those within his community of true believers. They refused to abandon Tremain even after witnessing his torturing and murdering one of their fellow members. Their own children were readily sacrificed to this mad man's lust and violent behavior. Disgustingly, Tremain had little sexual interest in the older children. He apparently preferred his female victims to be no older than five or six years old! Government officials did next to nothing until a brave social worker (Polly Walker) relentlessly forced the issue.

I thoroughly enjoyed Savage Messiah. The acting is superb along with the dialogue. Why am I among the very few who thinks so? I cannot begin to understand why this gem of a film is so ignored. It is truly a four and a half to five star film. Please make a point of seeing it. I'm sure you will agree with me.

David Thomson

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars have a thick skin February 23, 2009
as a woman this was hard for me to watch the women and children being abused. but it was an ok film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very good movie July 7, 2014
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This is a real eye opener to the horrors of cults..intence and keeps you watching
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3.0 out of 5 stars Merely adequate May 24, 2014
It's an honest and competent telling of the story but never rises much above the level of a TV movie, and the bland musical soundtrack puts it squarely in that category. Luc Picard does a decent job without really conveying Roch Thériault's sinister charisma -- it's more of a hail-fellow-well-met public persona than one that would draw in worshipful cult members. Polly Walker's flitting smile is almost creepier, and her brittle portrayal of the social worker never convinced me that she was the type of person who could establish a rapport with any of the victimized women. Easily the most interesting performance is that by Isabelle Blais as the subdued yet radiant Lise.

Despite the darkness -- it's not till the last half hour that we become aware of the magnitude of the horrors that have been taking place at the commune -- there are laughable moments involving the police, who speed to the commune with sirens blaring to apprehend the children, but later arrive like casual visitors to arrest Thériault for aggravated assault. Maybe they didn't have SWAT teams in 1989 rural Ontario? When they find the fugitive in the woods, he assumes a pose of crucifixion with his women around his feet as in a Renaissance painting, a bit of cinematography that strikes a completely false note.
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