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Writer:
Denys Arcand (writer)
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Release Date:
24 September 2003 (France) See more »
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Tagline:
A provocative new comedy about sex, friendship, and all other things that invade our lives.
Plot:
During his final days, a dying man is reunited with old friends, former lovers, his ex-wife, and his estranged son. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 43 wins & 27 nominations See more »
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Wonderful! See more (163 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Rémy Girard ... Rémy

Stéphane Rousseau ... Sébastien

Marie-Josée Croze ... Nathalie

Marina Hands ... Gaëlle
Dorothée Berryman ... Louise
Johanne-Marie Tremblay ... Sister Constance Lazure (as Johanne Marie Tremblay)
Pierre Curzi ... Pierre Citrouillard

Yves Jacques ... Claude

Louise Portal ... Diane Leonard
Dominique Michel ... Dominique St. Arnaud
Isabelle Blais ... Sylvaine
Toni Cecchinato ... Alessandro

Sophie Lorain ... First Lover

Mitsou ... Ghislaine (as Mitsou Gélinas)
Markita Boies ... Nurse Suzanne

Micheline Lanctôt ... Nurse Carole
Denis Bouchard ... Duhamel
Sylvie Drapeau ... Second Lover
Jean-Marc Parent ... Ronald the Syndicalist
Dominic Darceuil ... Maxime
Yves Desgagnés ... Olivier
Gilles Pelletier ... Priest Raymond Leclerc
Jean-René Ouellet ... Dr. Dubé
Lise Roy ... Mme. Joncas-Pelletier

Macha Grenon ... Arielle
Gaston Lepage ... Security Guard
Daniel Brière ... Alain Lussier
Sébastien Huberdeau ... Vincent
Rose-Maïté Erkoreka ... Student

Roy Dupuis ... Gilles Levac
David Gow
Sébastien Ricard ... Jérôme
Janique Kearns ... Kim Delgado
Sean Lu ... Pharmacist
Eric Paulhus ... Réparateur télé
Sofia de Medeiros

Bonnie Mak ... Nurse
Alain Bruno

Anna-Marie Sutherland ... Bulgarian Nurse
Jean Antoine Charest
Dawn Lambing

Karen Hader ... American Nurse
Valérie Jeanneret
Kenneth Fernandez
Julie Tu ... Chinese Fantasy Woman
Jacques Caron
Shawn McPherson
Nhu Tram Nguyen
Daisy Bhui-Khac
Frédéric Gilles ... Cowboy

Valérie Wiseman
Stéphane Touzin
Hélène-Manon Poudrette
Yvette Thuot
François Domerc
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Julie Beauchemin
Fanny Mallette ... (non créditée)
Ines Orsini ... Lúcia (also archive footage)

Denys Arcand ... Unionist (uncredited)

Julie Christie ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Chris Evert ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Françoise Hardy ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Karen Kain ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Denys Arcand 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Denys Arcand  writer

Produced by
Daniel Louis .... producer
Denise Robert .... producer
Fabienne Vonier .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Pierre Aviat 
 
Cinematography by
Guy Dufaux 
 
Film Editing by
Isabelle Dedieu 
 
Casting by
Lucie Robitaille 
 
Production Design by
François Séguin 
 
Art Direction by
Caroline Alder 
Normand Sarazin 
 
Set Decoration by
Patrice Bengle 
Annika Krausz 
 
Costume Design by
Denis Sperdouklis 
 
Makeup Department
Betty Belmore .... makeup artist
Evelyne Byot .... key makeup artist
Lizane La Salle .... assistant makeup artist: extras
Ginette Lajeunesse .... key hair stylist
Martin Lapointe .... hair stylist: extras
Christel Piazzolla .... assistant hair stylist
Diane Simard .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Hélène Grimard .... production manager
Stéphane Jacques .... assistant unit manager
George Jardon .... post-production supervisor (as Georges Jardon)
Jaime Tobon .... unit manager
Fabienne Vonier .... production manager: France
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jacques W. Benoit .... first assistant director (as Jacques Wilbrod Benoit)
Pierre Bouchard .... second assistant director
Yanick DiVito .... additional third assistant director
Simon Dugas .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
Alexandre Beauregard .... carpenter
Renée Belley .... painter
Jacques Bertrand .... painter
Daniel Blais .... painter
François Bouchard .... scenic technician
Anthony Bourgouin .... scenic technician (as Anthony Bourgoin)
Michel Bousquet .... carpenter
Félix Bélanger .... carpenter
Pascal Bélanger .... carpenter
Jocelyn Charbonneau .... scenic technician
Jean-Pierre David .... scenic technician
Jean Fiset .... carpenter
François Gagnon .... carpenter
François Gascon .... assistant props
Odette Gauvreau .... painter
France Goulet .... carpenter
Eric Guindon .... carpenter
Daniel Huysmans .... set props
Helene Lamarre .... art coordinator
Helene Lamarre .... coordinator (as Hélène Lamarre)
Jacynthe Leclair .... painter
Olivia Levêque .... assistant set dresser
Steve Louis .... graphic designer
Daniel Morin .... carpenter
Priscilla Morneau .... prop buyer
Serge Nadon .... scenic technician
Fabienne Perry .... carpenter
Luc Potvin .... carpenter
Gabriel Siry .... carpenter
Pascal Tremblay .... scenic technician
 
Sound Department
Diane Boucher .... post-synchronization supervisor
Jo Caron .... adr foley recordist (as Jocelyn Caron)
Michel Descombes .... sound re-recording mixer
François Domerc .... boom operator
Alexis Duceppe .... sound trainee
Jérôme Décarie .... foley artist
Gavin Fernandes .... sound re-recording mixer
Nicolas Gagnon .... assistant foley artist
Marie-Claude Gagné .... sound designer
Marie-Claude Gagné .... sound editor
Shaun-Nicholas Gallagher .... foley recordist (as Shaun Gallagher)
Réjean Juteau .... sound mixer
Thomas Kodros .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Yves Laferrière .... additional sound designer
Pierre Laroche .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Mireille Morin .... adr editor
Claire Pochon .... sound editor
Patrick Rousseau .... sound
Bruno Ruffolo .... adr recordist
Jean-Philippe Savard .... sound editor (as Jean Philippe Savard)
 
Special Effects by
Guillaume Murray .... special effects supervisor
 
Visual Effects by
Jean-François Bachand .... digital supervisor
Benoit Brière .... visual effects supervisor
Sophie Chometton .... compositor
Sophie Chometton .... digital compositor
Stéphane Paradis .... compositor
Joshua Pines .... technical director (as Josh Pines)
Mario Rachiele .... visual effects producer
Jennifer Lee .... digital intermediate editor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Stéphane Lefebvre .... stunt driver
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Christopher Ball .... director of photography: additional photography
Diane Boisvert .... third assistant camera
Michael Boulonne .... best boy
Ian Brabant .... grip
Mario Brabant .... grip
Julien Brisbois .... electrician
André Bélaieff .... generator operator
André Caron .... electrician
François Daignault .... Steadicam operator
François Daignault .... camera operator
Jean-Maurice de Ernsted .... key grip
Attila Dory .... still photographer
Amelie Duceppe .... second assistant camera: second unit
Claude Fortier .... gaffer
Vytaitas Gudlevicius .... key grip
Martine Guillard .... electrician
Alain Jolicoeur .... generator operator
Martin Lebel .... first assistant camera: second unit
Isabelle Lecompte .... second assistant camera
Marion Mailhot .... best boy
Denis Martel .... electrician
Nathalie Moliavko-Visotzky .... director of photography: additional photography
Dany Racine .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
 
Casting Department
Mike Migliara .... extras casting
Nicolas Ronchi .... casting: France
Bruno Rosato .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Hélène Bélanger .... costumer
Louise Dube .... costumer (as Louise Dubé)
Diane Groulx .... costume coordinator
Michel L'Heureux .... costumer
Nicole Langlois .... seamstress
Richard Lanthier .... dresser
Francine Richard .... key costumer
André Valade .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Genevieve Clermont .... assistant editor (as Geneviève Clermont)
Pascale Dubé .... post-production assistant
Marie-Neige Forget .... assistant editor
Francine Gauthier .... color timer
Melanie Gauthier .... post-production assistant
Trent Johnson .... colorist
Elizabeth Ostermann .... post-production coordinator
Louis-Martin Paradis .... assistant editor
Marie-Eve Talbot .... assistant editor
 
Transportation Department
Mark Barsalou .... transportation coordinator (as Marco Barsalou)
Pierre Chalifoux .... driver
Mélanie Dubois .... driver
Réal Hamel .... picture car coordinator
Martin Lebrun .... driver
Cédric Lévesque .... production driver
Christian Ménard .... driver
 
Other crew
Véronique Arcouette .... production assistant
Doriane Benzakein .... subtitler
André Boivin .... production assistant
Claude Brinet .... legal consultant
Philippe Cadieux .... production assistant
Brigitte Chabot .... publicist
Gabbie Corrente .... publicist
Martine Curly Salvas .... courier
Alana Cymerman .... location manager
Julie Cyrenne .... assistant accountant
André Côté .... caterer
Manon Delorme .... consultant
Emmanuelle Dessureault .... cinémaginaire
Mélanie Dubois .... production assistant
Danielle Duperreault .... assistant location manager
Christian Fluet .... production administrator
Bettina Forget .... credits
Anik Fortin .... assistant caterer
Patrick Galipeau .... production assistant
Robert Gray .... subtitler
Robert Jacques .... production assistant
Marie La Haye .... script supervisor
Eric Lagesse .... world sales executive
Suzanne Laverdière .... radio canada executive
Jean-Claude Lemire .... consultant
Marie-France Long .... production coordinator
Zénaïde Lussier .... legal consultant
François Macerola .... legal consultant
Tara Markus .... assistant location manager
Guillaume Murray .... mechanical effects technician
Eric Nobileau .... consultant
Minou Petrowski .... publicist
Denis Proulx .... medic
David Quinton .... production assistant
Barbara Rivard .... consultant
Geneviève Rousseau .... production secretary
Sally Steele .... publicist
Marie-Pierre Tétreault .... 24 frame video coordinator
 
Thanks
Viviane Adam .... thanks
Jean-Marc Bakouch .... thanks
Pierre Beaudoin .... thanks
Nadia Belali .... thanks
Geneviève Benoît .... thanks
Jacques Bensimon .... special thanks
Dominique Besnehard .... thanks
Marc Béland .... thanks
Anne-Marie Caron .... thanks: Bombardier Aérospace
Kevin Caron .... thanks: aéroports de Montréal
Pierre Chagnon .... thanks
Laurent Champoussin .... thanks
Martin Desroches .... thanks
Nathalie Desrosiers .... thanks
Geneviève Dessureault .... thanks
François Dompierre .... thanks
Dominique Dupuis .... thanks
Chris Evert .... thanks
Valérie Farthouat .... thanks
Brigitte Faure .... thanks
Denise Filiatrault .... thanks
Jean-Louis Fontaine .... thanks
Roger Frappier .... thanks
Guy Gagnon .... thanks
Françoise Hardy .... thanks
Pascale Hébert .... thanks
Karen Kain .... thanks
Michel Lemay .... thanks: CLSC du Vieux La Chine
Bénédicte Linard .... thanks
Suzanne Lévesque .... thanks
René Malo .... thanks
André Parisé .... thanks: CLSC du Vieux La Chine
Nicolas Ronchi .... thanks
Patrick Roy .... thanks
Robert Roy .... thanks
Michel Trudel .... thanks
Réjean Villeneuve .... thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Les invasions barbares" - Canada (original title)
"Invasion of the Barbarians" - International (English title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for language, sexual dialogue and drug content
Runtime:
99 min | Canada:112 min (DVD version)
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Factual errors: When Sébastien and Gaëlle are on the plane about to fly back to London, the pilot announces that they will land at Heathrow at 7.45 in the morning. The shot of the plane taking off is a Swiss airline plane. Swiss does not fly from Montréal to London direct.See more »
Quotes:
Nathalie:It's not the present you cling on, it's your past life. That life is already dead.
Rémy:Perhaps.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Jeopardy!: Episode #22.53" (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
TrisagionSee more »

FAQ

Why does Rémy say that he would have "written" the periodic table?
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25 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Wonderful!, 22 July 2004
Author: (benc7ca)

"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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