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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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Tout aussi actuel aujourd'hui qu'à l'époque
Les blagues sont ascerbes comme jadis
En somme, une bonne détente réflective, voir contemplative
This is truly a splendid sequel to the acclaimed, 'Le déclin de l'empire Américain'. Taking us twenty years later as a follow-up to the main characters' development... Read morePublished on June 7 2012 by sam
I watched the film for a french class and enjoyed it quite a bit. I found watching the film in french with English subtitles a little confusing and i began to wonder if the the... Read morePublished on Nov. 19 2007 by Kris2fur cepensir
Ce film est absolument génial! Le scénario est excellent et les acteurs splendides! A voir!Published on June 4 2005
(For the earlier reviewer, the final song is "L'Amitié" -- friendship -- by Françoise Hardy, who has been recording since the 1960s. Read morePublished on Sept. 30 2004 by Tom Trueman
A scathing commentary on the Canadian health care system, combined with a wonderful family story. Just excellent.Published on Aug. 26 2004
The best movie I have seen in years!!
Can anyone help me learn the name of the final song?
Barbarian is a movie that gets better as the minutes pass. It's about making the most of your time alive. Read morePublished on July 19 2004 by chicoer2003