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Shake Hands With the Devil

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Canada · 2007
1h 52m
Director Roger Spottiswoode
Starring Roy Dupuis, Deborah Kara Unger, James Gallanders, Michel Mongeau
Genre Drama, History

At the end of 1993, Canadian General Romeo Dallaire was assigned to lead the United Nations troops in Rwanda. In 1994, when the genocide of the Tutsis by the Hutus began, General Dallaire tried to help the people in Rwanda, despite the complete indifference of his superiors.

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New York Daily News by Joe Neumaier

Spottiswoode relays this tragic story with respect and sadness. But Michael Donovan's script is stuffed with clichés, and Dupuis is unable to convey the depth of Dallaire's emotions.


Time Out by Keith Uhlich

For everything admirable, like the way female Prime Minister Agathe Uwilingiyimana (the wonderful Gakire) resigns herself to a violent death, there's a heavy-handed metaphor-a cute gaggle of orphaned goats-ready to smack away the intelligence.


Los Angeles Times by Kevin Thomas

A quietly powerful, incisive portrait of Canadian Lt. Gen. Roméo Dallarme (Roy Dupuis), who was sent to Rwanda in 1993 on a peacekeeping mission as the ruling Hutu attacked the rebel Tutsi, yet he was hobbled by the U.N. leadership and faced with the indifference of the world's superpowers.


NPR by Mark Jenkins

Back in Canada, Dallaire tells a psychiatrist that he remembers Rwanda in flashbacks that are "not like memories at all." Shake Hands with the Devil captures something of that sensation; it's a depiction of events that are too painful to remember, too essential to forget.

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