Hot Docs 2022: Our Review of ‘Bernie Langille Wants to Know What Happened to Bernie Langille’

Hot Docs 2022: Our Review of ‘Bernie Langille Wants to Know What Happened to Bernie Langille’

Bernie Langille Wants to Know What Happened to Bernie Langille is a compelling documentary. Here, Bernie Langille seeks out the truth surrounding the mysterious circumstances of his Grandfather and namesake’s 1968 death in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Now over 50 years since that fateful night, Bernie Langille interviews various family members and forensic scientists in hopes of finding some answers. He serves as a fascinating narrator, entertaining several possibilities and scenarios as he goes deeper into his search for the truth. The film shows these various scenarios through unique visual reenactments of fantastically crafted miniature sets. The attention to detail of the miniature reenactments is truly amazing.

Bernie Langille Wants to Know What Happened to Bernie Langille is also quite emotionally resonant as it touches on themes of intergenerational family trauma and the way in which we remember the past and and how we carry on from it. Writer and director Jackie Torrens does a fantastic job of keeping the story engaging throughout the film. The attention to detail and care given to the wonderfully detailed miniatures also applies to the way in which the story is told and it makes for such a satisfying viewing experience. The only detail that could have perhaps used a little more polish are the visual graphics and fonts chosen as they feel a little bit out of line with the otherwise strong visuals of the film. 

Bernie Langille Wants to Know What Happened to Bernie Langille is quirky and unconventional in the best way possible. It is clearly made with a ton of heart and precisely comes together to create a truly captivating film. 

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Originally from Thunder Bay, Shayne is a Toronto based Artist/Singer-Songwriter. Whether it be an epic film, an action-packed television show, or a soulful music album, he simply loves art and entertainment. Shayne is a member of the Songwriters Association of Canada, Canadian Federation of Musicians, ACTRA (AABP Member), and a Humber College Music Degree graduate. You can check out Shayne’s music on various music streaming platforms. www.shaynestolz.com
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