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Hellacious Acres: The Case of John Glass

North american Premiere

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Hosted by Director Pat Tremblay

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Director: Pat Tremblay
Screenplay: Pat Tremblay
Cast: Jean-François Deshaies, Paula J. Davis, Navin Pratap, Karine Huard, Pat Tremblay
Producers: Pat Tremblay
Print Source: Sombreself

Part of...

Camera Lucida   

Camera Lucida

Screens with...

Martian Precursor   

Martian Precursor

Montreal Premiere
2010 | 1 min



John is going through one hell of a hangover, although not exactly in the way one might expect. Rather than waking up next to a beautiful woman in a strange apartment, he instead regains consciousness within the confines of cryogenic freezer located inside a shabby warehouse. A robotic voice bombards him with random and confusing information. The voice tells of the rampages of World War III, of damages caused by an alien invasion and of the atmosphere having become toxic and unbreathable. John Glass is completely oblivious to this madness. Suffering from amnesia, he remembers nothing of all this. In fact, in remembers absolutely nothing at all. A complete stranger to himself, he has no choice but to rely on this mysterious voice that is quickly becoming his guide. He learns that he is a warrior sent on a solo mission of the highest importance. The Earth’s future is in his hands… whether he likes it or not. His responsibility lies in decontaminating the Earth’s ozone, a task he has no idea how to achieve seeing as the directives provided are completely absurd. Equipped with intermittently functional military armour, which he must not take off under any circumstance, John Glass begins the exploration of a strange universe filled with hostile creatures.

If Pat Tremblay’s films are a reflection of his subconscious, no analyst on Earth would take this filmmaker as a patient. An irreverent director in love with the strange, he uses each new opus as an opportunity to confront his audience with a narrative and aesthetic delirium. Following HEADS OF CONTROL, a surrealist first feature that conjured up its own outlandish visual vocabulary, he returns with HELLACIOUS ACRES, a film that, while more linear than its predecessor, remains a gripping study in deep dementia. Taking the post-apocalyptic sci-fi sub-genre back to ground zero, eschewing the endless action sequences, this improbable mixture between a dark version of the HALO video games and the cynical humour of Jim Jarmusch parodies MAD MAX-style epic sagas with the imposition of a protagonist totally devoid of heroic qualities. Favouring flight over fight and overwhelmed by the mission at hand, John Glass has a unique knack for dishing out rancid dialogue that will make you split your gut. Crashing headfirst into Quebec’s cinematic landscape, this UFO is a consecration of the bizarre.

—Simon Laperrière (translated by Guillaume Desbiens)

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