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The Barbarian Invasions ()

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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  • Won 1 Oscar. Another 49 wins & 37 nominations.
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Cast

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Rémy
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Sébastien
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Nathalie
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Gaëlle
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Louise
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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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Sylvaine
Toni Cecchinato ...
Alessandro
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First Lover
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Ghislaine (as Mitsou Gélinas)
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Nurse Suzanne
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Nurse Carole
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Duhamel
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Second Lover
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Ronald the Syndicalist
Dominic Darceuil ...
Maxime
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Olivier
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Priest Raymond Leclerc
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Dr. Dubé
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Mme. Joncas-Pelletier
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Arielle
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Security Guard
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Alain Lussier
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Vincent
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Student
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Gilles Levac
David Gow
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Jérôme
Janique Kearns ...
Kim Delgado
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Pharmacist
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Réparateur télé
Sofia de Medeiros
Bonnie Mak ...
Nurse
Alain Bruno
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Bulgarian Nurse
Karen Hader ...
American Nurse
Valérie Jeanneret
Kenneth Fernandez
Julie Tu ...
Chinese Fantasy Woman
Jacques Caron
Shawn McPherson
Nhu Tram Nguyen
Daisy Bhui-Khac
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Cowboy
Valérie Wiseman
Stéphane Touzin
Hélène-Manon Poudrette
François Domerc
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Victoria Obermayer ...
Sophie
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Lúcia
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Unionist (uncredited)
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Self (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Self (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Self (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Karen Kain ...
Self (uncredited) (archiveFootage)

Directed by

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Denys Arcand

Written by

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Denys Arcand ... (writer)

Produced by

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Daniel Louis ... producer
Denise Robert ... producer
Fabienne Vonier ... co-producer

Music by

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Pierre Aviat

Cinematography by

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Guy Dufaux

Film Editing by

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Isabelle Dedieu

Editorial Department

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Yannick Carrier ... assistant editor / conform & mastering
Geneviève Clermont ... assistant editor
Pascale Dubé ... post-production assistant
Marie-Neige Forget ... assistant editor
Francine Gauthier ... color timer
Melanie Gauthier ... post-production assistant
Trent Johnson ... digital film colorist
Elizabeth Ostermann ... post-production coordinator
Louis-Martin Paradis ... assistant editor
Marie-Eve Talbot ... assistant editor

Casting By

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Lucie Robitaille

Production Design by

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François Séguin

Art Direction by

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Caroline Alder
Normand Sarazin

Set Decoration by

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Patrice Bengle
Annika Krausz

Costume Design by

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Denis Sperdouklis

Makeup Department

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Betty Belmore ... makeup artist
Evelyne Byot ... key makeup artist
Ginette Cérat-Lajeunesse ... key hair stylist (as Ginette Lajeunesse)
Lizane La Salle ... assistant makeup artist: extras
Martin Lapointe ... hair stylist: extras
Christel Piazzolla ... assistant hair stylist
Diane Simard ... key makeup artist

Production Management

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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

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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

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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 / 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

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Diane Boucher ... post-synchronization supervisor
Jo Caron ... adr foley recordist (as Jocelyn Caron)
Michel Descombes ... re-recording mixer
François Domerc ... boom operator
Alexis Duceppe ... sound trainee
Jérôme Décarie ... foley artist
Gavin Fernandes ... re-recording mixer
Nicolas Gagnon ... assistant foley artist
Marie-Claude Gagné ... sound designer / 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

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Guillaume Murray ... special effects supervisor

Visual Effects by

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Jean-François Bachand ... digital supervisor
Benoît Brière ... visual effects supervisor (as Benoit Brière)
Sophie Chometton ... compositor / digital compositor
Stéphane Paradis ... compositor
Joshua Pines ... technical director (as Josh Pines)
Mario Rachiele ... visual effects producer
Brian Shows ... digital intermediate supervisor
Jennifer Hall Lee ... digital intermediate editor (uncredited)

Stunts

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Stéphane Lefebvre ... stunt driver

Camera and Electrical Department

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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 / 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

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Mike Migliara ... extras casting
Nicolas Ronchi ... casting: France
Bruno Rosato ... extras casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Hélène Bélanger ... costumer
Louise Dubé ... assistant costume designer
Diane Groulx ... costume coordinator
Michel L'Heureux ... costumer
Nicole Langlois ... seamstress
Richard Lanthier ... dresser
Francine Richard ... key costumer
André Valade ... costumer

Location Management

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Alana Cymerman ... location manager
Danielle Duperreault ... assistant location manager
Tara Markus ... assistant location manager

Script and Continuity Department

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Marie La Haye ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

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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

Additional Crew

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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
Julie Cyrenne ... assistant accountant
André Côté ... caterer
Manon Delorme ... consultant
Emmanuelle Dessureault ... cinémaginaire
Mélanie Dubois ... production assistant
Valérie Farthouat ... production accountant and coordinator: France
Christian Fluet ... production administrator
Bettina Forget ... credits
Anik Fortin ... assistant caterer
Patrick Galipeau ... production assistant
Robert Gray ... subtitler
Jean-Francois Hall ... figurant
Robert Jacques ... production assistant
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
Guillaume Murray ... mechanical effects technician
Eric Nobileau ... consultant
Minou Petrowski ... publicist
Denis Proulx ... medic
David Quintin ... production assistant (as David Quinton)
Barbara Rivard ... consultant
Geneviève Rousseau ... production secretary
Sally Steele ... publicist
Marie-Pierre Tétreault ... 24 frame video coordinator
Salma Ayache ... dialogue transcription (uncredited)

Thanks

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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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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines A provocative new comedy about sex, friendship, and all other things that invade our lives. See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Barbarian Invasions (Canada, English title)
  • Invasion of the Barbarians (World-wide, English title)
  • The Barbarian Invasions (World-wide, English title)
  • The Barbarian Invasions (United States)
  • The Barbarian Invasions (United Kingdom)
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Runtime
  • 99 min
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Box Office

Budget CAD6,000,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $6,289,563, 07 Nov 2003

Did You Know?

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Trivia It is the first sequel ever to win the Best Foreign Language Film award at the Oscars. See more »
Goofs The position of the cars outside the window changes when Sébastien first meets Nathalie in the restaurant. See more »
Movie Connections Edited from Heaven Over the Marshes (1949). See more »
Soundtracks L'amitié 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. So much so tha the Dutch, English, French, and later Americans followed their lead and butchered another 50 million. 200 million dead in all! The greatest massacre in history took place right here. And not the tiniest holocaust museum. The history of mankind is a history of horrors.
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