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