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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A group of actors put on an unorthodox, but acclaimed Passion Play which incites the opposition of the Catholic Church while the actors' lives themselves begin to mirror the Passion itself.

Director: Denys Arcand
Stars: Lothaire Bluteau, Catherine Wilkening, Johanne-Marie Tremblay
Comedy | Drama
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Sexual revelations emerge when a group of academics and their partners spend a weekend at a country retreat.

Director: Denys Arcand
Stars: Dominique Michel, Dorothée Berryman, Louise Portal
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
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Jean-Marc Leblanc (Labrèche), a desperate civil servant, escapes reality as we all know it, to imagine himself as the hero in imaginary adventures.

Director: Denys Arcand
Stars: Marc Labrèche, Diane Kruger, Sylvie Léonard
Comedy | Crime | Drama
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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.

Director: Denys Arcand
Stars: Rémy Girard, Dorothée Berryman, Stéphane Rousseau
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 Cleo (6 episodes, 1985)
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Linda Griffiths
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A grand journey
17 May 2008 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I tracked down this series on VHS because I'm a Denys Arcand fan, however it wasn't clear which parts he actually directed. It's not written by him, either, so it doesn't really have the flavour of his more recent films, which were written and directed by him.

Empire Inc. is a soapy saga about a mogul's life. It is saved from melodrama from some fairly restrained performances from the main cast including Gabriel Arcand, who I presume is a relation of Denys', since they look quite similar. The supporting cast, however, and makeup for that matter, are distractingly uneven.

The production values are not bad for TV. The consistency of tight and mid-shots actually gets a little draining and I found myself wondering whether they were due to budget or a televisual emphasis on "emotions".

The sheer length of the series (350 mins) means the story accumulates a fair amount of depth and Kenneth Walsh, while never really sticking out of the woodwork, maintains a solidity that is very convincing and builds to an emotional finale - as his character, James Munroe, ends up dealing with the tail-end of a life of achievement.

The confusion he faces, with women, work and existential purpose, is very well written. Although the whole script feels a little like a stone skipping along a pond- jumping, connecting, missing lots of details - it's a journey worth taking if you're willing to believe in the grand lives of these ordinary human beings tied to one extraordinary one.


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