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NEW Barbarian Invasions (DVD)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Jenny J.J.I. TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Génial Aug. 28 2013
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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
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5.0 out of 5 stars Denys Arcand's chef d'oeuvre! June 7 2012
By sam
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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 and maturation, the depth of the emotional scapes are much more accomplished as Arcand manifests himself as a cinematic master! A must have as a part of one's collection!

Product was as expected! A1
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb film Aug. 26 2004
By A Customer
A scathing commentary on the Canadian health care system, combined with a wonderful family story. Just excellent.
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By K. Gordon TOP 50 REVIEWER
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Lost in Translation...? Nov. 19 2007
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 translation of the subtitles was off. I soon realized it was adequate and began to appreciate the film even more fore its witty humour and constant laughs. from reading the cover I was preparing myself for a family film, I soon realized that there was some mature contents as well as references to current events (ie.911 and America's war) that may have excluded younger audiences. I was unaware of this films prequil and intent to rent it, in the near future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Un film GENIAL! June 4 2005
By A Customer
Ce film est absolument génial! Le scénario est excellent et les acteurs splendides! A voir!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Sept. 30 2004
(For the earlier reviewer, the final song is "L'Amitié" -- friendship -- by Françoise Hardy, who has been recording since the 1960s. It's on several of her "best of" albums available through Amazon.)

This is one of the best movies I've ever seen exploring our relationships with our parents and our closest friends, as well as facing our own mortality and disappointments in life. Anybody who isn't totally blown away by it should probably just stick to the "emotions" depicted in a Harlequin Romance novel, or a Hollywood movie-of-the-week.
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