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The Barbarian Invasions (2003)

Les invasions barbares (original title)
During his final days, a dying man is reunited with old friends, former lovers, his ex-wife, and his estranged son.

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Dorothée Berryman ...
Louise
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Sister Constance Lazure (as Johanne Marie Tremblay)
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Pierre Citrouillard
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Claude
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Diane Leonard
Dominique Michel ...
Dominique St. Arnaud
Isabelle Blais ...
Sylvaine
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Alessandro
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Ghislaine (as Mitsou Gélinas)
Markita Boies ...
Nurse Suzanne
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In this belated sequel to 'The Decline of the American Empire', 50-something Montreal college professor, Remy, learns that he is dying of liver cancer. He decides to make amends meet to his friends and family before he dies. He first tries to made peace with his ex-wife Louise, who asks their estranged son Sebastian, a successful businessman living in London, to come home. Sebastian makes the impossible happen, using his contacts and disrupting the entire Canadian system in every way possible to help his father fight his terminal illness to the bitter end, while he also tries to reunite his former friends, Pierre, Alain, Dominique, Diane, and Claude to see their old friend before he passes on. Written by matt-282

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A provocative new comedy about sex, friendship, and all other things that invade our lives.


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Rated R for language, sexual dialogue and drug content | See all certifications »

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CAD 6,000,000 (estimated)

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$1,688,557 (France) (26 September 2003)

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$3,432,342 (USA) (28 May 2004)
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Denys Arcand: the union representative whose jacket says "Directeur." See more »

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Remy was supposed to be taken to a hospital in Burlington, Vermont in a van in the company of his son, Sebastian. However, when the van arrives at the US border, the two huge highway signs clearly say Interstate 91 and US Route 5-Derby Line, indicating that it is actually the Stanstead-Derby Line border crossing. Normally, people do not take that route to get from Montreal to Burlington, which is located right on I-89, but would go via Philipsburg, QC and take Interstate 89 instead. See more »

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Rémy: We've been everything: separatists, supporters of independantists, sovereignists, sovereignity-associanists...
Pierre: At first, we were existentialists.
Dominique: We read Sartre and Camus.
Claude: Then Fanon, we became anti-colonialists.
Rémy: We read Marcuse and became Marxists.
Pierre: Marxist-Leninists.
Alessandro: Trotskyists.
Diane: Maoists.
Rémy: After Solzhenitsyn we changed, we became structuralists.
Pierre: Situationists.
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Featured in The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007) See more »

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Concerto Op. 6 No. 5 in D major
Music by George Frideric Handel (as Haendel)
Courtesy of Chris Stone Audio Productions Ltd.
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Very Good Movie about Death, Love, Life and a few more things..
23 January 2004 | by (Brazil) – See all my reviews

After reading all the comments I will not comment on the directors career or the failure of the Canadian health sytem. Instead I would like to point out that US viewers probably didn't enjoy the film as much since they don't have a failing health system, communists, many unions or as big a number of left leaning professors as other countries.

The film is a lot about this generation that went through the sexual revolution and their quirky (to us) leftist ideals and a greatly intelectualized generation. My parents generation and the one before it are full of "characters" just like Remy the dying father of the film. Most of them still hold on to their principles and ideals just like Remy.

The film contrasts the different generations, the apathetic junkie to the dying professor, the warm blooded and lusty veterans to the son's cold and practical fiancee. The anguish of loss vs commemorating a life well lived. Parents that feel they weren't present enough and a Son that barely knew his father.

I heartily recommend this film... 9/10


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