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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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Sister Constance Lazure (as Johanne Marie Tremblay)
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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)
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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5 March 2004 (USA)  »

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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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It is the first sequel ever to win the Best Foreign Language Film award at the Oscars. See more »

Goofs

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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Hospital Patient Assistant: [speaking English] Good morning, guys. Welcome to America.
Rémy: [in English; sarcastic] Praise the Lord.
Sébastien: [also sarcastic] Hallelujah.
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Best of 2003 (2004) 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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Wonderful!
22 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

"Wonderful" is the only word I can think of to describe this movie. Denys Arcand skewers the Quebec Provincial Government, the Federal Government, Socialized Medicine, Labour Unions, and just about everything else, but gently and wittily. (Rather more funny since there are a lot of Canadian tax dollars financing this effort). The aging and dying student radicals of forty years ago gather to give it all one last heave-ho and the dialogue (so much better than the sub-tiles can convey) is smart and witty and sad. They poke wistful fun at their younger selves while fearing the end as it comes for them and for us all. Love is thick on the ground as is self-loathing and anger and lust. These are rich, educated, privileged people who are still not all that far removed from their student days, at least in their own minds. They are something that many people may have trouble comprehending: wealthy Socialists.

It isn't necessary to have seen Arcand's previous work with these characters,( `The Decline of the American Empire') to appreciate this movie, but then, why would anyone deny themselves that pleasure?


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