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Carl Bessai

  • Country: Canada
  • Year: 2010
  • Language: English
  • Producer: Jason James, Carl Bessai, Irene Nelson, Richard de Klerk
  • Executive Producer: Melanie de Klerk, Andrew Herwitz
  • Screenplay: Arne Olsen
  • Runtime: 85
  • Programmes:

Veteran director Carl Bessai returns with a tense thriller that follows three young addicts in a rehabilitation centre. Each day they live the same events over and over – a situation each responds to in radically different ways.

Crime & ThrillerComing of Age & YouthFriendshipAddiction & DrugsViolence

screening times

    • Monday September 13
    • 9:45:00 PM
    • VARSITY 8
    • Tuesday September 14
    • 3:30:00 PM
    • AMC 5
    • Saturday September 18
    • 9:30:00 AM
    • AMC 3

Note: indicates Premium Screening.

official description

A sophisticated blend of auteur and genre filmmaking, Carl Bessai’s tenth feature takes us on a thrilling and provocative journey through the personal hell of trauma and addiction.

On a random Wednesday, the residents of a rehab centre in Mission, B.C. are granted a rare one-day-pass to venture back into the world and make amends with those they have wronged. Kyle (Dustin Milligan) reaches out to his kid sister, who refuses to speak to him. Sonia (Amanda Crew) decides not to confront her ailing, abusive father in the hospital, only to learn later in the day that he has died. Meanwhile, Weeks (Richard de Klerk) is left feeling powerless and quietly enraged after visiting his violent father in prison.

This rotten Wednesday is one that none of the protagonists want to live through again, yet that is exactly what happens when they wake up the next day, and the day after that, and the day after that. Compulsive repetition suits these addicts just fine, and before long they embrace the opportunity to make the daily slate as messy as possible, knowing that it will soon be wiped clean. But after allowing themselves some missteps, both minor and massive, Sonia and Kyle realize that their freedom from consequences has set Weeks on a path of sadistic annihilation. With every attempt to contain his violence, Sonia and Kyle go through one hellish day after another, searching for meaning and clarity where none can be found .

Like Harold Ramis’s Groundhog Day, Repeaters concerns itself with some central tenets of existentialism, skillfully mixing them with a wry and thought-provoking commentary on the psychological effects of addiction. Director Carl Bessai has crafted a tense and intelligent action thriller about the price of freedom and the burden of taking responsibility for our actions.

Martin Bilodeau

director bio

Carl Bessai was born in Edmonton and studied at the Ontario College of Art & Design and at York University in Toronto. He has worked extensively in film and television as a cinematographer, writer, producer and director. He directed the documentaries Brothers from Vietnam (98), Out of Orbit: The Life and Times of Marshall McLuhan (99) and Indie Truth (02) and directed the features Johnny (99), Lola (01), Emile (03), Severed (05), Unnatural & Accidental (06), Normal (07), Mothers&Daughters (08), Cole (09) and Repeaters (10).

full credits

Principal Cast: Dustin Milligan as Kyle Halsted Amanda Crew as Sonja Logan Richard de Klerk as Michael Weeks
Jason James, Carl Bessai, Irene Nelson, Richard de Klerk
Executive Producer:
Melanie de Klerk, Andrew Herwitz
Carl Bessai
Mark Shearer
Miguel Nunes
Jeff Danna
Production Designer:
Hank Mann
International Sales Agent:
 The Film Sales Company
Production Company:
Rampart Films Inc.
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