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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:
Cinema at its best! See more (33 total) »

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:
The house in which the majority of the events take place, in Magog, burned down in 1989, was later rebuilt. The scene in which one of the women characters is having sex, seen through a window from outside, was actually shot through a garage window. The actress was sitting on the snow tires which the owner of the house stored in the garage. She told him that, thanks to the tires, it was one of the most comfortable scenes she had ever done.See more »
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Referenced in Videoclub (2013)See more »
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18 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Cinema at its best!, 12 April 2002
Author: hesketh27 from Southport Lancashire Uk

Each time I see this film, I know how truly wonderful cinema can be at its best. This film, which amazingly is 16 years old (don't know where the time went - frightening!!) is still as fresh, witty and engrossing as it ever was. The story revolves about a group of academics, getting ready to attend a dinner party, the men and women separately(prior to the dinner) discussing with each other their lives loves hopes and fears - sounds dull doesn't it? Well dont you believe it!! Considering its such a dialogue based film, the time flies by due to the superb performances by all involved. Yves Jacques is outstanding as the gay character, whose facial expressions and body language in the film convey what only an actor of the finest calibre could. Louise Portal as the unattached woman longing for a meaningful relationship is also worth a mention amongst the cast. I enjoyed this film so much, that I turned my rusty 'o' level French into fluency so that I could appreciate other French language movies fully, prompted my first visit of several to Montreal where once I actually, believe it or not, bumped into Remy Girard (one of the actors) in the street and started a lasting love of non-English speaking /and or art house movies when previously I had only watched popular box office. I can't guarantee you will love this movie as much as I do, but if you approach it with an open mind, I am sure that you will thoroughly enjoy it. By the way, its about time this movie was released on DVD, especially when you consider some of the junk which has!!!

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