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The Fall of the American Empire (2018)

La chute de l'empire américain (original title)
R | | Comedy, Crime | 31 May 2019 (USA)
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A shy and insecure delivery truck driver accidentally arrives on the scene of a major crime and happens to pick up two bags of cash and hides them in his truck. Though an interrogation of ... See full summary »

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Denys Arcand

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Denys Arcand
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Cast

Credited cast:
Maxim Roy ... Carla McDuff
Maripier Morin ... Aspasie / Camille Lafontaine
Vincent Leclerc ... Jean-Claude
Éric Bruneau ... L'enquêteur Plamondon
Juliette Gosselin ... La femme médecin résidente
Alexandre Landry ... Pierre-Paul Daoust
Rémy Girard ... Sylvain 'The Brain' Bigras
Ayana O'Shun ... Madame Rosabert - la mère de Jacmel
Catherine Paquin-Bechard ... Gemma
Claude Legault ... L'informateur de la police
Rose-Marie Perreault ... Natasha
Yan England ... Jimmy
Pierre Curzi ... Maître Wilbrod Taschereau
Paul Doucet ... Le docteur Pierre-Yves Maranda - le radiologiste
Florence Longpré ... Linda Demers
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A shy and insecure delivery truck driver accidentally arrives on the scene of a major crime and happens to pick up two bags of cash and hides them in his truck. Though an interrogation of two tough police detectives isn't enough, the guy, who has a doctor's degree in philosophy which makes his mind mingle with remorse, must find a way to get rid of this dirty money. Only the help of a prostitute and a former biker who came out of jail might get him out of trouble, especially that a gang leader is very weary to get his cash back or kill whoever is responsible for this mess. However, even the two bumbling detectives are monitoring the case as well. Written by RealLiveClaude

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Comedy | Crime

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Rated R for some strong violence, sexual content/nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

31 May 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le triomphe de l'argent See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »

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Gross USA:

$2,105,852, 13 June 2019
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Cinémaginaire Inc. See more »
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Color

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2.39 : 1
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Like Denys Arcand for many of his movies (including his win for "The Barbarian Invasions"), comedian/director Yan England happened to be nominated for an Oscar in 2013, for the short fiction story "Henry". See more »

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A DRAMAEDY WITH PHILOSOPHY, CRIMINOLOGY + ACTIVISM?
14 June 2019 | by babyjaguarSee all my reviews

Denys Arcand's "The Fall of the American Empire (La chute de l'empire américain)" with good intentions tries to explore the blue-collar class within a larger context of political corruption and economy distribution. As a love story it has charm, witty but good romantic dialogue between the main actors: Alexandre Landry as Pierre-Paul Daoust and Maripier Morin (Canada's Reality TV sta) as Aspasie/Camille Lafontaine.

Their good acting and chemistry carried out this 2 hour film, alongside supporting cast portraying corrupted police, thugs and politicians. But what was feels quite uneasy the film's references to oppression, via Montreal's homelessness and "first nations" Inuit people. Although, it making connections to the philosophy spewed by Landry's character (representing the blue-collar heroe, almost the film's consciousness), it falls weak.

At times within the films it shows Intuit people homeless in the streets with close-up facial shots, it displays them as a nameless and voiceless group. One can admire its artistic device, but it feel very patronizing. Then another element is all the maim characters are played by white Canadians, only a few people of color in the supporting cast playing typecast characters.

As a love story it works brilliantly but as a film exploring social themes and it gets muddied


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