1999

1999

When death haunts a high school in a small town in the late 1990s, everyone is forever transformed. In this gentle, prismatic film, Samara returns to the town she fled as a teen to re-immerse herself in the memories still lurking there, in its spaces and within the dusty boxes of diaries, photos and VHS tapes. 1999 is not a ghost story, but the ghosts are palpable at every turn. The snow-covered streets, the school’s hallways and lockers are preserved as in a dream. The absences left by the relentless teenage suicides still shimmer with questions, trauma and regret. Samara encounters people who are as breathtaking as they are heartbroken, and, finally, 16 years later, the community strengthens itself by sharing the long-silenced memories. Ultimately the film weaves together multiple voices in a collective essay on how grief is internalized—and how, as children, we so painfully learn to articulate our desire to stay alive.

This film deals with mature subject matter. Viewer discretion is advised.

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Credits
  • writer
    Samara Grace Chadwick
  • participant
    Natalie Légère
  • director
    Samara Grace Chadwick
  • participant
    Samara Grace Chadwick
  • editor
    Terra Jean Long
  • participant
    Annabelle Gaudet
  • cinematography
    Pablo Alvarez-Mesa
  • participant
    Mathieu Wade
  • cinematography
    Samara Grace Chadwick
  • participant
    Sarah Brideau
  • sound recordist
    Simon Doucet
  • participant
    Ariel Villalon
    Christine Poirier
  • original composition
    Cyril Hahn
  • participant
    Claire Chadwick
    Janelle Arsenault
    Denis Richard
    Siobhan Marie-Curry
  • sound design
    Marie-Pierre Grenier
  • participant
    Chrissy Lorette
    Mélanie Chiasson
  • narrator
    Samara Grace Chadwick
  • participant
    Stephen Rouse
  • producer
    Sarah Spring
  • participant
    Jean-Michel Vienneau
  • executive producer
    Dominic Desjardins
  • producer
    Selin Murat
  • participant
    Guy Gautreau
  • producer
    Aline Schmid
  • participant
    Julien Landry
  • producer
    Kat Baulu
  • participant
    Marc-André Léger
  • producer
    Jac Gautreau
  • participant
    Michelle Furlong
  • executive producer
    Annette Clarke
    Dominique Desjardins
  • design
    Etienne Beaupré
    Julien Charbonneau
  • re-recording mixer
    Jean-Paul Vialard

  • None

    So well done. Open and sensitive.

    None, 5 Feb 2020