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
It is the first Canadian film ever to win The Best French Film of the Year award at the Cesars (France's national film awards). See more »
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 »
We've been everything: separatists, supporters of independantists, sovereignists, sovereignity-associanists...
At first, we were existentialists.
We read Sartre and Camus.
Then Fanon, we became anti-colonialists.
We read Marcuse and became Marxists.
After Solzhenitsyn we changed, we became structuralists.
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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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