I’m a history buff and I’ll be the first to admit that if I could sit in on my grade 12 AP European History course again, every day of the week, I would. I’m also the grandchild and great grandchild of men who fought in the “war to end all wars” and the one that followed it. I lost family that I never came to know, on both sides of the fight, on the battlefields, in the air, and even in the blitz in London. November is always a time of reflection for me – about courage and struggles I probably will never be able to fathom.
As a first-generation Canadian, I also revere the people who helped shape our country. I feel pride when I hear their stories and read their words, which is why I’m really looking forward to seeing the film Passchendaele.
Passchedaele was a a series of messy, bloody, and heart-wrenching battles in WWI that saw over 500,000 casualties on either side. Canada entered WWI as a part of the British Empire, and from 1914-1918 we shipped off nearly 600,000 men and women even though at the time our entire country’s population was a budding 7 million. 241,000 Canadians were killed or wounded. [Canada in WWI]
With so many people still fighting all over the world, and also with so many Canadians losing sight of their nation’s history and dedication to the global cause, I think films like this are a ‘must-see’.
“[Writer-Director Paul Gross] examines the identity of Canada as a freshly independent nation struggling to shuck the shabby cloak of colonialism.” [Canoe]
It portrays one man’s a story – one sliver of time – and although I’ve simply based this on the trailer and other buzz, I’m hearing great things about it after it premiered at the TIFF.
I’m not a huge war movie person (John loves civil war epics) but this may be our next date movie (cause there also seems to be a lot of smooching). I’ll report back with a review here, whether it’s an epic war film or simply a tear-jerky mushy love story… or both.