As all things do with time, our 5 Movies to Watch This Week series has run its course and is evolving into something slightly different. Instead of simply listing a selection of five movies each week, we're going to start looking at films that are well liked and explore movies that are similar but lesser known.
To get the most out of each and every film you dedicate your time to watching, we also hope to further familiarize our audience with their favorite directors by highlighting said directors' less popular films, etc.
That is the case with this week’s entry, where we’ve decided to highlight the work of Sicario director Denis Villeneuve. He's a three-time winner of the Genie Award for Best Director, for Maelström in 2001, Polytechnique in 2010 and Incendies in 2011.
Today we'll be looking at the aforementioned films as well as a couple others from the French-Canadian director – Enemy (2013), Incendies (2010), Polytechnique (2009), Prisoners (2013) and Maelstrom (2000).
A mild-mannered college professor (Jake Gyllenhaal) discovers a look-alike actor and decides to track him down. Their lives become bizarrely and hauntingly intertwined. In the end, only one of them can survive.
Twin siblings uncover a shocking family secret after they agree to their mother's dying wish: to locate the father they thought was dead, and a brother they never knew existed.
Set in Montreal, Quebec and based on the École Polytechnique massacre, the film documents the events of December 6, 1989, through the eyes of two students who witness a gunman murder fourteen young women.
Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) faces a parent's worst nightmare when his 6-year-old daughter and her friend go missing. The only lead is an old motorhome that had been parked on their street. The head of the investigation, Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal), arrests the driver, but a lack of evidence forces Loki to release his only suspect. Dover, knowing that his daughter's life is at stake, decides to take matters into his own hands.
Bibiane, a wealthy part-time model, questions her seemingly perfect life after she has a traumatic abortion. She succumbs to substance abuse and, while driving drunk one night, strikes a pedestrian and drives off. The next morning, she learns of a man who died after a hit-and-run. Wracked with guilt, she attends the man's funeral. There, she meets his son and the pair begin a romance. But Bibiane is afraid to tell him her dark secret.
If you liked Sicario, we highly recommend checking out Enemy (2013), Incendies (2010), Polytechnique (2009), Prisoners (2013) and Maelstrom (2000).
Also be sure to check out 10 Movies to Get You Through The Holiday Season and 20 Slasher Films Every Highsnobiety Reader Should Know.