on April 24, 2005
This film is not just about men view on women or women view on men or sex viewed by men or sex viewed by women.
It is about Hystory. Denys Arcand is an hystorian first of all.
It also is about intellectuals leftist who became the new bourgeoisie.
It is about a part of the world, Québec province in Canada, who changed immensely throught out the 60's and the 70's when its french intellectuals finally had the opportunity to educate them self and becoming their own leader in every profession from top to bottom. It is about the left politics view of a new born nation that in the 80's is already getting old and its leftist intellectuals are becoming exactly what they were fighting in their youth.
This movie has so many dimension it had to have a sequel 17 years later that answers every question that it was rising in the 80's with the sublime The Barbarian Invasions.
Both are a must see!
Sort of a French-Canadian 'Big Chill', but smarter, if less emotional.
There really isn't a plot. For the first half of the film four upscale,
yuppie male friends (one gay) prepare a meal and talk about sex, while
their female counterparts do the same at a gym. The 2nd half is the two
groups sharing dinner, where the talk is more muted, but the personal
stakes much higher.
Probably over-hyped as a masterpiece when it first came out, now
it's often treated too harshly.
The acting is strong throughout, and the satiric point that all the
characters believe themselves self-knowing, but are really all living
in denial and delusion is perhaps a little obvious, but interesting in it's
effect and execution.