Skip to main content

Nahéma Ricci's hypnotic lead performance anchors Sophie Deraspe Antigone.

Courtesy of TIFF

  • Antigone
  • Written and directed by Sophie Deraspe
  • Starring Nahéma Ricci
  • Classification G
  • 109 minutes

rating

With one brother dead and another threatened with deportation, Antigone orchestrates a plan to save her living brother by sacrificing her freedom and home in Canada. Adapted for the screen by writer-director Sophie Deraspe, Sophocles’s Theban play touches on issues of justice and morality within the Canadian justice system. Grounded by a hypnotic lead performance by Nahéma Ricci, making her feature debut, the film’s theme and structure feel of the moment as it tackles the nature of identity in an increasingly fractured world. Bolstered by naturalistic art direction and fantastical sequences that bend the fabric of objective reality, the strength of Antigone’s quest for justice remains at the forefront of the film.

Read more: When your breakout film needs a shout-out to Sophocles

New in theatres this week: Canadian triumph Antigone, the powerful She Never Died and the terrible Kindness of Strangers

With great attention to detail paid to constructing environments and building a world filtered through the gaze of social media, Antigone feels prescient and urgent. Without question one of the great Canadian films of the past few years, Antigone takes a classic story and re-interprets it with fresh eyes. Philosophically compelling and emotionally devastating, Deraspe crafts a unique and contemporary cinematic experience that resonates deeply.

Antigone opens Nov. 8 in Montreal, and Dec. 6 at Toronto’s TIFF Lightbox (tiff.net). It will also be the closing-night film at the Cinéfranco film festival in Toronto on Nov. 30 at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Report an error Editorial code of conduct
Due to technical reasons, we have temporarily removed commenting from our articles. We hope to have this fixed soon. Thank you for your patience. If you are looking to give feedback on our new site, please send it along to feedback@globeandmail.com. If you want to write a letter to the editor, please forward to letters@globeandmail.com.

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way. Click here to subscribe.

If you would like to write a letter to the editor, please forward it to letters@globeandmail.com. Readers can also interact with The Globe on Facebook and Twitter .

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way. Click here to subscribe.

If you would like to write a letter to the editor, please forward it to letters@globeandmail.com. Readers can also interact with The Globe on Facebook and Twitter .

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff.

We aim to create a safe and valuable space for discussion and debate. That means:

  • Treat others as you wish to be treated
  • Criticize ideas, not people
  • Stay on topic
  • Avoid the use of toxic and offensive language
  • Flag bad behaviour

Comments that violate our community guidelines will be removed.

Read our community guidelines here

Discussion loading ...

Cannabis pro newsletter
To view this site properly, enable cookies in your browser. Read our privacy policy to learn more.
How to enable cookies