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The Barbarian Invasions (2003)
"Les invasions barbares" (original title)

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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
Johanne-Marie Tremblay ...
Sister Constance Lazure (as Johanne Marie Tremblay)
Pierre Curzi ...
Pierre Citrouillard
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Claude
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Diane Leonard
Dominique Michel ...
Dominique St. Arnaud
Isabelle Blais ...
Sylvaine
Toni Cecchinato ...
Alessandro
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Ghislaine (as Mitsou Gélinas)
Markita Boies ...
Nurse Suzanne
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Storyline

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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24 September 2003 (France)  »

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Budget:

CAD 6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,499 (Hong Kong) (18 June 2004)

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$9,499 (Hong Kong) (18 June 2004)
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Trivia

Denys Arcand:  the union representative whose jacket says "Directeur." See more »

Goofs

When Sebastian explains to Remy what he does for a living, the collar of his shirt is alternately inside/outside his sweater between shots. See more »

Quotes

Rémy: [in French] Contrary to belief, the 20th century wasn't that bloody. It's agreed that wars caused 100 million deaths. Add 10 million for the Russian gulags. The Chinese camps, we'll never know, but say 20 million. So 130, 145 million dead. Not all that impressive. In the 16th century, the Spanish and Portuguese managed, without gas chambers or bombs, to slaughter 150 million Indians in Latin America. With axes! That's a lot of work, sister. Even if they had church support, it was an achievement....
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Referenced in Les Boys: La potion magique (2010) See more »

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Wallfahrtslied / Pilgrim's Song
Words and Music by Arvo Pärt
European American Music Distributors LLC representing Universal Editions A.G., Vienna
Performed by Radio Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Tõnu Kaljuste
Album "Orient Occident"
(c) (p) 2002 ECM Records
Courtesy of ECM Records
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a gem
6 October 2004 | by (ontario) – See all my reviews

I recently watched this film and was very impressed. The screenplay, acting and directing were all top-notch. It was at times funny, sad, tragic and thought-provoking. It touches on everything from drug-use, Canadian medicare, the child-father relationship and of course, past intimate relationships- not all they were cracked up to be! Denys Arcand is so very astute on all these fronts and wrote a fantastic screenplay for the wonderful cast of characters.

It has to be one of my all-time favourite DVD's of 2004.

I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to see a riveting, quality film made in Canada. It deserved the Oscar!


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