The Barbarian Invasions (Les Invasions Barbares)

The Barbarian Invasions (Les Invasions Barbares)BBBB

(out of 5)

Almost twenty years after the release of his successful Decline of the American Empire, Quebec filmmaker Denys Arcand has returned with this excellent reunion of the main cast of characters, all of whom are just as opinionated, passionate and amiable as they were the first time around. The regrouping is motivated by one member of the group () being terminally ill, resulting in the ailing patient’s son (an excellent ) bringing all of his father’s friends from around the world to be with him in his last hours. As in Decline, the characters engage in conversations that recall current events in French Canada, but those unfamiliar with many of the political references they make will still get much out of it. The film is a touching and beautifully layered portrait of lifelong friendship and vitality, one whose characters never acquiesce in their ambitions even as they move on towards the latter half of their lives. Performances are exceptional all around, with notable roles coming from Girard as the patient and  as a heroin addict who helps him through his more painful moments.

Canada/France, 2003

Directed by

Screenplay by Denys Arcand

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  Cannes 2003, TIFF 2003

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Academy Award
Best Foreign Language Film (Canada)

Best Writing (Original Screenplay) (Denys Arcand)

Golden Globe Award Nomination
Best Foreign Language Film (Canada)

National Board Of Review Award
Best Foreign Language Film

Cannes Film Festival Awards
Best Actress (Marie-Josee Croze)
Best Screenplay (Denys Arcand)

British Academy Award Nominations
Best Film not in the English Language
Best Screenplay – Original

European Film Award
Screen International Award

Cesar Awards
Best Film
Best Director (Denys Arcand)
Best Screenplay, Original or Adaptation

Most Promising Actress (Marie-Josee Croze)

Canadian Screen Awards (Genie Awards)
Best Motion Picture
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Remy Girard)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Stephane Rousseau)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Marie-Josee Croze)
Best Achievement in Direction (Denys Arcand)
Best Screenplay, Original

Best Achievement in Overall Sound
Best Achievement in Editing
Best Achievement in Sound Editing

Toronto Film Critics Award
Best Screenplay (tie)

Chicago Film Critics Award Nomination
Best Foreign Language Film



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