February 15, 1839

February 15, 1839 (French: 15 février 1839) is a 2001 Quebec historical drama film. Directed by Pierre Falardeau, it is about the incarceration at the Pied-du-Courant Prison and the execution by hanging there of Patriote participants of the Lower Canada Rebellion. Those rebels sought to make Lower Canada, now Quebec, a republic independent from the British Empire.

February 15, 1839
French15 février 1839
Directed byPierre Falardeau
Written byPierre Falardeau
Produced byRené Chénier
Marc Daigle
Bernadette Payeur
StarringLuc Picard
Sylvie Drapeau
Frédéric Gilles
Julien Poulin
Denis Trudel
CinematographyAlain Dostie
Edited byClaude Palardy
Music byJean St-Jacques
Distributed byChristal Films
Release date
  • January 16, 2001 (2001-01-16)
Running time
120 minutes
Box office$248,093[1]

It features as characters the historical figures François-Marie-Thomas Chevalier de Lorimier, his wife Henriette and Charles Hindelang.


In the aftermath of the failed 1837–38 rebellion in Lower Canada, 800 rebels are held in the Prison de Montréal. The film opens on February 14, 1839, the day when leader Marie Thomas Chevalier De Lormier (Luc Picard) and his comrade-in-arms (Frédéric Gilles) are told they will be hanged in 24 hours. Director Pierre Falardeau makes no doubt about where his sympathies lie, but the film is as much about human beings confronting death as it is polemic, and there are tender scenes when De Lormier's wife (Sylvie Drapeau) visits him one last time. Pierre Falardeau said that Telefilm Canada approved Michel Brault's 1999 movie Quand je serai parti... vous vivrez encore as an excuse to initially deny funds for 15 février 1839.[2]

Release and awardsEdit

It released in the United States by Lionsgate on January 26, 2001. It won four Prix Jutra for Actor (Luc Picard), Supporting Actress (Sylvie Drapeau), Art Direction and Sound.

Critical acclaimsEdit

"It’s certainly not the masterpiece some indépendantiste viewers see in the film, but it’s also not the insufferable, propagandistic dreck various English-language critics accuse it of being." – Maurie Alioff, Take One: Film in Canada [3]


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "15 février 1839 (2001)". Box Office Mojo. Amazon.com. Retrieved October 9, 2011.
  2. ^ Valade, Claire (2001). "Montreal Update". Take One: Film in Canada. 9 (31): 50.
  3. ^ Alioff, Maurie (2001). "15 fébrier 1839 (review)". Take One: Film in Canada. 10 (32): 47.

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