Silencing the Guns (1996)

Genres - Mystery  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Drama  |   Run Time - 97 min.  |   Countries - Canada, France  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Sandra Brennan

Based on a true story, this murder mystery is steeped in accusation as it chronicles the investigation into the deaths of a pair of Montagnais Indian fisherman who may have been shot by white game wardens who find them illegally fishing for salmon. The story is set in 1984 along the northeastern coast of Quebec and begins on the Maliotenam reserve when Salomon Ispatau's bloated corpse washes ashore, pierced with what looks like bullet holes. This naturally causes a stir amongst the residents. Roxane Lalo is most upset, for her brother Ulysse had gone out fishing around the same time as Salomon. At the time Salomon's body is discovered, a French marine biologist, Jean-Pierre Lafond, is there studying local whale migrations. Since his arrival, he has become friends with Roxane and it is with her that they find Ulysse's blood-covered body on a beach. The latest discovery causes even greater conflict.



biology, false-accusation, fishing, investigation, investigator, killing, murder