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The Barbarian Invasions (Les Invasions Barbares) [Blu-ray + DVD] (English & French Subtitles) (Version française)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Marie-Josée Croze, Dorothée Berryman, Johanne Marie Tremblay, Pierre Curzi, Yves
  • Directors: Denys Arcand
  • Format: DVD + Blu-ray, Widescreen, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: French
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Alliance Films
  • Release Date: Jan. 24 2012
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B005WKH3G2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,329 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Product Description

The intriguing Denys Arcand (director of Jesus of Montreal and Stardom) returns to the lusty, cantankerous intellectuals of his first film, The Decline of the American Empire. Remy (Remy Girard), a history professor, is dying of cancer, and his estranged and financially successful son Sebastien (Stephane Rousseau) returns to care for the old man. With the power of money, Sebastien cuts through bureaucracy and the law to give his father some comfort--comfort that Remy accepts with reluctance, because in his eyes the unintellectual Sebastian has betrayed all of Remy's principles. Old friends arrive and soon the conversation turns to sex, religion, history, sex, academia, sex--The Barbarian Invasions isn't very focused, but the very breadth of its ideas makes it worth seeing; few movies even try to grapple with morality or the state of our culture, let alone with this kind of intelligence and grace. --Bret Fetzer

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The most skilful attribute of "The Barbarian Invasions" is the clever way in which the film intertwines a personal story with our collective history. I don't remember another recent film that has managed to move and making me feel involved as much, and in both respects. The film is incredibly accurate in capturing a "moment", an undercurrent; difficult to articulate and to put in words, of what it is happening in our world today. It does this with remarkable restrain and in small measures in the delivery of details, giving us few but quite powerful facts.

The film centers on Rémy's estranged relationship with his son Sebastian (stand-up comic Stéphane Rousseau) a millionaire London businessman. When Sebastian comes to Montreal with his fiancée (Marina Hands), years of resentment against his father boil to the surface. Rémy apparently was not an exemplary father figure. He cheated on his wife, over indulged himself in hedonistic pleasures, and offered less than the support his children needed. Rémy, a socialist, considers his son a "puritanical capitalist" and one who portends the coming "barbarian" invasions. Sebastian resents Rémy for his womanizing and calls him "contentious". In spite of this resentment, however, he starts throwing money around to try and make his father's final days more comfortable, in a way subtly letting his father know that money can buy anything.

"The Barbarian Invasions" is not a perfect film by any means but is one of the strongest Canadian films. Though some of the dialogue is strained, underneath there is a humanity that allows us to connect with our feelings about our own mortality and our relationships with those we care about.
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An intelligent, witty, barbed, but still emotional film about; death,
family, friends, class, intellectuals, hard headed capitalists vs. soft
headed socialists and more.

A sequel (17 years later!) to Arcand's 'Decline of the American Empire'. the
film finds the same characters gathering together around the impending
death from cancer of their Falstaffian friend Remy. While it's a bit
'prettified' about the pain and indignities of dying from cancer it's
honest and funny and true about the compromises we make in life, the
fact that few of us ever live up to our dreams and ideals, and that even
when we do, we sacrifice something in the process.

A film where the final reconciliations feel earned and complex, not
Hollywood easy. And where irony dances gracefully with sentiment.

It seems like the film might be presented here in the wrong aspect ratio;
1:85, instead of 2:35 (The UK release is in 2:35). However, it still looks
fine, and since I can't say for sure, I'm not going to downgrade an otherwise
terrific film.
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Format: DVD my favorite movie of all time.

Oh my. Get me out of here!

To begin with: It is a warm, funny, loving movie about a guy dying, surrounded, thanks to his (estranged--she kicked him out 15 years earlier, when she found out he had slept with nearly all the women in Montreal) wife, his (successful, rich, employed by a London bank as a risk-management expert--also estranged) son--by all his friends, his loved ones, and as much comfort as money and heroin can provide. But it is not just about him, and dying--as we all die, wondering, wishing we had done....things (my God! he was a teacher--and a good one too), but about the lives of the people who surround him, whom he brings together, who have, and develop, their own meaningful relationships.

Secondly, you love everyone in it--except for Pierre's bitchy wife--why didn't he stick with the girl he met in the message parlour in "Decline of the American Empire"? But Pierre seems to love her, so perhaps, had she been part of the circle, we would have found things to love about her as well.

Third--oh, let's quit this numerical stuff--I wanted nothing so much as to go to Montreal after I had seen this movie. And I live in Berkeley! It is SO beautiful there. As for Universal Health Care, it may be far from perfect--but do you know where all those people lying in the hospital corridor would be lying here? ON THE STREET.
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THE BARBARIAN INVASIONS is a miracle movie. As conceived and directed by Denys Arcand this film is a brilliantly entertaining story, full of hilarious dialogue and situations, full of intellectual stimulation, brilliant metaphors and similes, full of probing philosophy, while standing as the finest examination of our society as it stands at the moment. The beauty of the film is that for all of the intellectual wealth it contains, it never bogs down with cerebral weightiness. The mood is consistently entertaining: the infinite messages contained are left as after burn.
Remy (and indelible characterization by Remy Girard) has lived a life of sexual freedom, intellectual pursuits (he is a Professor of History and defender of free thinking), and seems to have placed his family and wife in the periphery. Suddenly faced with a diagnosis of a rampantly aggressive and untreatable cancer, he rages against the world that no longer holds his tenets of civilization dear: he faces his mortality convinved he has no legacy to leave the world he entered. His ex-wife notifies his worldly and wealthy Baby-Boomer generation son in his important office in London to return home, despite the fact that the son sees little point in rushing back to the father who was never a father to him. The son Sebastien (in a sophisticated, engrossing performance by Stephane Rousseau) flies to Montreal and, in his manner of control, takes over, planning the care of this 'shameful father' in a manner that allows him to provide the best amenities while putting more emotional distance from his father.
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