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The Twentieth Century (2020)

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Critic Consensus: A silly, surreal treat for fans of absurd comedy, The Twentieth Century takes a sideways -- and often deliriously entertaining -- look at Canadian history.

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Toronto, 1899. Aspiring young politician Mackenzie King (Dan Beirne) dreams of becoming the Prime Minister of Canada. But his romantic vacillation between a British soldier and a French nurse, exacerbated by a fetishistic obsession, may well bring about his downfall. In his quest for power, King must gratify the expectations of his imperious Mother, the hawkish fantasies of a war-mongering Governor-General, and the utopian idealism of a Québécois mystic before facing one, final test of leadership. Culminating in an epic battle between good and evil, King learns that disappointment may be the defining characteristic of the twentieth century!

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Cast

Dan Beirne
as Mackenzie King
Mikhaïl Ahooja
as Bert Harper
Brent Skagford
as Arthur Meighen
Kee Chan
as Dr. Milton Wakefield
Emmanuel Schwartz
as Lady Violet
Satine Scarlett Montaz
as Little Charlotte
Charlotte Legault
as Angel of Britain
Jadyn Malone
as Smoking Street Child
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All Critics (57) | Top Critics (13)

I loved the way it uses expressionist tropes and subverted thing...a little bit Monty Python...

February 24, 2021 | Full Review…

Finally, the film dissolves in silliness and whimsy, but not before it's given us some surreal spectacle.

February 8, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It ends up being a smashingly good and goofball history of the non-world of Canadian history and flim-flammery, deeply committed to its own colonial crazy.

December 1, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

"The Twentieth Century" lacks the demented, all-encompassing artistic vision of a Maddin movie... but it's a welcome diversion and Rankin's send-up of Great White North Great-Man pieties is at times inexplicably hilarious.

November 25, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
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At a time when normalcy has routinely backflipped into a pool of insanity, The Twentieth Century makes perfectly perverse sense.

November 20, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

These performances and several others resonate against Dany Boivin's sets like echoes, and that cohesiveness allows "The Twentieth Century" to achieve a degree of centrifugal force that holds your attention even after your eyes glaze over.

November 20, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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