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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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Pierre Citrouillard
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Claude
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Diane Leonard
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Dominique St. Arnaud
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Alessandro
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Ghislaine (as Mitsou Gélinas)
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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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5 March 2004 (USA)  »

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CAD 6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$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 »

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: I wish that one day you will have a son like you.
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Follows The Decline of the American Empire (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Just to clarify things
15 August 2005 | by (Montreal, Canada) – See all my reviews

I come from Quebec and just wanted to clarify some things.

  • I cannot believe some people can give a rating below 5 for this
movie. Were you looking for a Vin Diesel movie? This is a movie about real life, about human relationships. Its purpose is not entertainment, but reflexion. This is when a movie is considered art.

  • Quebecers are not French. I'm speaking for myself but my ancestor
came here in Quebec in the 17th century from France. We do speak french, though (more than 7 million of us). Are Americans British?

  • The Chinese "woman" named before the movie is Arcand's adopted
daughter.

  • Yes the health care is that bad here. But then again where is it
perfect? The population is growing old, hospitals are overcrowded, our government spends most of our tax money for it and its still not enough. But at least we don't have to pay for health care. I'm happy to pay taxes that help elders and sick people get treated.

I didn't think this is a masterpiece, but it's the kind of movie that stays in your mind for a couple of days and makes you think about where we were 40 years ago, where we are now and where we are going in the future. This is certainly one of Arcand's best movies with Jesus of Montreal and Le declin... He is an actor director and it shows. He deserved that Oscar if not for this movie for one of those 3 movies.


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