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THE LAST VILLAINS

starring MAD DOG
& THE BUTCHER

AWARDS & DISTINCTIONS

Given to the French Original Version 

LES DERNIERS VILAINS 

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PRIX GÉMÉAUX 2020

Meilleur émission ou série documentaire: biographie ou portrait

PRIX GÉMÉAUX 2020

Meilleur réalisation documentaire biographie ou portrait, art et culture, nature, science et environnement

PRIX GÉMÉAUX 2020

Meilleur direction photographique: affaires publiques, documentaire

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OFFICIAL SELECTIONS

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★ ★ ★ ★

        Journal de Montréal       

 

★ ★ ★ ★

KinoCulture Montréal

“A remarkable movie. Funny,

brillant, touching.”

- Robert Lepage

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Some stories in life are so extraordinary, it’s hard to believe they could possibly be true.

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THE MOVIE

Alternately hard-hitting, grin-inducing and heart-wrenching, this tall tale of a documentary presents a different kind of family saga, unfolding chapter by chapter in true storybook fashion. The film’s battered but unbroken protagonist is Paul “The Butcher” Vachon, the last living member of a Canadian wrestling dynasty whose members have been loved and hated in equal measure by fans around the world for decades.

 

Director Thomas Rinfret followed Paul, camera in hand, for four years, crisscrossing North America along the way, as Paul delivered a jaw-dropping first-person account of his wrestling feats of yesteryear and his many outlandish adventures during the course of a life that has been anything but humdrum.

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A TOUCHING

PARALLEL

The Last Villains draws a touching parallel between the extravagant tales of Paul’s early years as a powerhouse on the pro wrestling circuit and his much frailer present-day life, clutching on to the last vestiges of a nomadic existence and the freedom it has afforded him. 

 

At 80 years old, he and his third wife live in their modest trailer, travelling to fairs and festivals and selling memorabilia and other knickknacks to get by. For Paul, these events are little more than an excuse to meet his ardent fans as he peddles his autobiographical accounts of his glory days.

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LOVE, LIFE

& FREEDOM

Shot in cinéma vérité style, The Last Villains is a film about love, about family, and about life and death. The film enthralls, engrosses and exhilarates with over-the-top stories from Paul “The Butcher” Vachon, while simultaneously exploring the deeper emotional dimensions of his life. It is a film of contrast and authenticity, going far beyond what you would expect from a wrestling documentary – or any documentary for that matter.

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TEASER

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FULL MOVIE