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The Barbarian Invasions (2003)

Les invasions barbares (original title)
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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.

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Denys Arcand

Writer:

Denys Arcand
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rémy Girard ... Rémy
Stéphane Rousseau ... Sébastien
Marie-Josée Croze ... Nathalie
Marina Hands ... Gaëlle
Dorothée Berryman ... Louise
Johanne-Marie Tremblay 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 Toni Cecchinato ... Alessandro
Sophie Lorain ... First Lover
Mitsou ... Ghislaine (as Mitsou Gélinas)
Markita Boies 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.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, sexual dialogue and drug content | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada | France

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

5 March 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Barbarian Invasions See more »

Filming Locations:

Baltimore, Maryland, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

CAD 6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,688,557 (France), 26 September 2003

Opening Weekend USA:

$79,650, 23 November 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,432,342, 30 May 2004

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,289,563, 7 November 2003
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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

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

Rémy: [in French] Contrary to belief, the 20th century wasn't that bloody. It's agreed that wars caused 100 million deaths. Add 10 million for the Russian gulags. The Chinese camps, we'll never know, but say 20 million. So 130, 145 million dead. Not all that impressive. In the 16th century, the Spanish and Portuguese managed, without gas chambers or bombs, to slaughter 150 million Indians in Latin America. With axes! That's a lot of work, sister. Even if they had church support, it was an achievement....
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Connections

Featured in The 76th Annual Academy Awards (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Sonate R. 381
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (as Mozart)
Performed by Marlene Finn and Pierre-Richard Aubin
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Recommended
23 August 2004 | by invinoveritas1127See all my reviews

I rented this movie last weekend. Not having heard anything about it, I was prepared for a middling effort and some mild entertainment.

I have to say that I was happily surprised by the quality of this film. It is a very moving piece. It touched upon so many facets of every day life - love, death, sex, fidelity, family, ambition, religion, loyalty, forgiveness, and redemption. It was handled in an understated way that allows the audience to think about the themes introduced without hitting them over the head with a message. The cast was really terrific, too. I would definitely recommend this for an indie-foreign film aficionado.


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