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Savage Messiah (Moïse: L'affaire Roch Thériault)

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Movie propaganda

He promised them love, healing and salvation. What they got was terror, torture and tyranny.

Based on a true story, Savage Messiah is the depiction of a charming but diabolical cult leader, Roch Thériault (Luc Picard), who presides over a bizarre commune that includes his eight wives and 26 children. A small town social worker visits the commune and on the surface everything seems fine but her intuition senses desperation and sadness among the wives.

Even though her department co-workers are indifferent, she investigates further and discovers a dead child, strange ritualistic goings on and shocking mental and physical abuse. With her job and her life on the line, she is determined to free the members from Roch's tyranny.

But she faces numerous obstacles. The major one is Roch's astonishing ability to manipulate people and the system, including the court-appointed investigators.

Persons of interest

  • Polly Walker .... Paula Jackson
  • Luc Picard .... Roch "Moïse" Thériault
  • Isabelle Blais .... Lise
  • Isabelle Cyr .... Danielle
  • Julie La Rochelle .... Suzette
  • Pascale Montpetit .... Marie-Claude
  • Elizabeth Robertson .... Magdalene
  • Domini Blythe .... Gayle
  • Kyra Azzopardi .... Alinne
  • Tony Robinow .... Judge Bonnard
  • Sharon Riis .... Screenwriter
  • Mario Azzopardi .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

  • Awards and film festivals:
    • Genie Awards 2003: Genie Best Adapted Screenplay (Sharon Riis), Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Luc Picard), Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Pascale Montpetit); Nominations: Genie Best Achievement in Cinematography (Serge Ladouceur), Best Achievement in Costume Design (Mario Davignon), Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Isabelle Blais), Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Polly Walker)
  • Savage Messiah (Moïse: l'affaire Roch Thériault) official movie site
  • Savage Messiah (Moïse: l'affaire Roch Thériault) movie trailers:
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  • NB: English and French languages with English language subtitles

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

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Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital AC-3 stereo sound
  • Languages: English, French
  • Picture: Widescreen 16:9
  • Special features:
    • Biographies: Cast and crew

Security censorship classification

M (Medium level violence, medium level coarse language, adult themes)

Surveillance time

97 minutes (1:37 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

DVD rental: 20 August 2003
VHS rental: 20 August 2003
DVD and VHS retail: Undated 2003

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