Underground: portrait of a small society of men in a minefield

CRITICAL – For her second feature film, Sophie Dupuis brilliantly paints an intimate portrait of Canadian miners. A social camera where family dramas jeopardize everyone’s safety.

Not a word. An orange light illuminates a man’s concern. Without notice, Sophie Dupuis leaves us in the middle of an accident in a gold mine in Quebec. The tension rises, everyone respects the protocol so often repeated to rescue the victims. Except Max. After shouting “Fuck off”, the miner rushes into the underground bowels in search of the missing.

With Underground, the Canadian director takes on a subject she knows well. Sophie Dupuis grew up in Val-d’Or, an industrial city six hours by road from Montreal, where the mine swallows up all the jobs. Between drama and survival, Underground portrays with sincerity this social camera punctuated with laughter and drama.

In 2018, his first feature film Watch dog described the violent and dysfunctional dynamics of a Quebec family. Here, the family unit expands since it brings together all the workers of the mine with their entourage. Men and women linked by these living conditions…

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