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Director:
Writers:
Denys Arcand
Gabriel Arcand (collaborating writer)
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Release Date:
November 1986 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Sexual revelations emerge when a group of academics and their partners spend a weekend at a country retreat. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 13 wins & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
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Cast

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Directed by
Denys Arcand 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Denys Arcand 
Gabriel Arcand  collaborating writer
Mark Blandford  collaborating writer
Jean-Claude Lauzon  collaborating writer
Monique Proulx  collaborating writer
Yvon Rivard  collaborating writer
Catherine Ruelle  collaborating writer
Louise Vandelac  collaborating writer

Produced by
Roger Frappier .... producer
Pierre Gendron .... line producer
René Malo .... producer
 
Original Music by
François Dompierre 
 
Cinematography by
Guy Dufaux 
 
Film Editing by
Monique Fortier 
 
Production Design by
Gaudeline Sauriol 
 
Art Direction by
Gaudeline Sauriol 
 
Costume Design by
Denis Sperdouklis 
 
Makeup Department
Gaétan Noiseux .... hair stylist
Cécile Rigault .... assistant makeup artist
Micheline Trépanier .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Suzanne Dussault .... post-production manager
Lyse Lafontaine .... production manager
Estelle Lemieux .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jacques W. Benoit .... assistant director
Monique Maranda .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Charles Bernier .... set props
Louis Gascon .... assistant props
Claude Lafond .... carpenter
Alain Singher .... set props
 
Sound Department
Yvon Benoît .... boom operator
Huguette Bergeron .... assistant to Denys Arcand
Richard Besse .... sound
Diane Boucher .... dialogue editor
Adrian Croll .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul Dion .... sound editor
Carole Gagnon .... assistant sound editor
Marie-Claude Gagné .... assistant sound editor
Louis Hone .... foley mixer
Jean-Pierre Joutel .... sound re-recording mixer
Andy Malcolm .... foley artist
Conrad Perrault .... lab manager (as Conrad Perreault)
Lise Wedlock .... foley assistant
 
Special Effects by
Louis Craig .... special effects supervisor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Yvon Boudrias .... key grip
Bertrand Carrière .... still photographer
Sylvaine Dufaux .... second assistant camera
Claude Fortier .... electrician
Jean-Pierre Lamarche .... grip
Jacques Leduc .... cinematographer: nature scenes
Roger Martin .... gaffer
Nathalie Moliavko-Visotzky .... first assistant camera
Nathalie Moliavko-Visotzky .... focus puller
Normand Viau .... electrician
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mario Davignon .... key dresser
Brunhilde Pradier .... wardrobe seamstress
 
Editorial Department
Diane Boucher .... assistant editor
Suzanne Dussault .... post-production assistant
 
Music Department
Edith Boivin Beluse .... musician: piano and electronic keyboard
Paul Pagé .... music recordist
Lorraine Prieur .... musician: piano and electronic keyboard
 
Other crew
Sylvain Arseneault .... production assistant (as Sylvain Arsenault)
Bruno Bazin .... production assistant
Micheline Bonin .... production accountant
Serge Bouthillier .... title designer
Louise Cousineau .... assistant production administrator
Edouard Davidovici .... technical co-ordinator
François Fauteux .... production assistant
Jean-Pierre Fauteux .... production assistant
Serge Gaudreau .... assistant title designer
Jean Guérin .... production coordinator
Jean-Pierre Joly .... assistant title designer
Ken Korrall .... location manager
Frédéric Lefebvre .... production assistant
Monique Létourneau .... production administrator
Louise Overy .... assistant title designer
Johanne Pelletier .... production secretary
Johanne Prégent .... script supervisor
Val Teodori .... assistant title designer
 
Thanks
René Lamarche .... thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Le déclin de l'empire américain" - Canada (original title)
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Runtime:
101 min
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Trivia:
French visa # 64263 delivered on 5-2-1987.See more »
Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Le voleur de caméra (1992)See more »
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11 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Personal Luck Addiction, 25 June 2007
Author: zolaaar from Berlin, GER

The title sounds like as if it comes from Ancient Rome, and in a very galvanized way, this witty-sarcastic tragicomedy from Canada has something to do with it: The easier is life, the looser are the dos. And that is why during a country house weekend stay all the participating intellectual bourgeois charmers, who usually teach history and write books, waffle about sex, sex and sex, while they kick at the fitness center (the women) or prepare a fish plate in the kitchen (the men).

With perfidious lust Denys Arcand contra-dots male and female sex fantasies. When you listen to the gent club between stove and sink, your ears seem to fall off. When you hear the rants of the lady squad between sauna and bodybuilding, the ears of the gents ought to fall off. However, after the gender cliques unite at the table for dinner, a more complicated inner life becomes visible beneath all these ludicrous orgasm rants from before. Friends came together here who are kind to, who lie to, who hurt each other. Bitterness and resignation, but also safety and tolerance remain in the autumn dawn. And after all, it's a film of a verbally disarming sexual humour, adorably acted and with gentle ironies of absurd experiences of life: The human being is multifaceted. Simple are only theories.

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