Characters in Arcand's films love to talk. And talk. And talk. Fortunately, they're very good at it and Arcand is very good at dramatizing the art of speech.
Not all his efforts really work for me, but I still think he's one of the most consistently interesting filmmakers working today.
His layered stories, most of which involve multiple threads weaving in and out of each other, are rich and often haunting. His last film (Chloe) proved to be divisive, but that doesn't make me any less curious to see what he comes out with next.
Polytechnique was my first introduction to Villeneuve and my appreciation for him as a filmmaker grew after seeing Maelstrom. His absolutely brilliant last film, Incendies, just seals the deal.
I've said it before, I'll say it again: Guy Maddin is a genius. I can't wait to see what he does next.