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  • I personally would rate it, without a shadow of a doubt, as one of the best films of the last five years
  • American Empire and would wholly recommend , though it is much harder to find)

    • by NeilG1
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      The Barbarian Invasions is the thrid film from French-Canadian director Denys Arcand. It is in essence a sequel to his first feature, “The Decline Of The American Empire”. “… American Empire” was a highly literate classic from the late eighties concentrating on the lives and loves of a group of Canadian scholars.

      The film was a critical hit that put Arcand on the map, but that was nothing compared to the reaction to The Barbarian Invasions. The film won 3 Cesar awards in Spain, The Audience award at the Toronto Film Festival, 2 Awards at Cannes


      (including best screenplay, one of the film’s strongest points) and it even won the Oscar for best Foreign Film in 2003.

      It is fair to say The Barabarian Invasions deserved all of these awards and more. I personally would rate it, without a shadow of a doubt, as one of the best films of the last five years.

      This is a phenomenally emotive and insightful look at the intertwining existences of “…American Empires” characters. Though this film is essentially a sequel, it isn’t necessaray to have seen the first film, as this stands up as a great film in its own right.

      I hadn’t seen “… American Empire” when I first saw this but it didn’t diminish my enjoyment one iota. (I have since seen “… American Empire” and would wholly recommend , though it is much harder to find).

      The Barbarian Invasions concentrates on the character of Remy, from the first film, who is now terminally ill. For years Remy has indulged in an intense hedonistic lifestyle, as shown in the first film, and now he finds he must make amends with those he loves before it’s too late.

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      word gets out of his illness, Remy is reunited with his old group of friends, including his ex wife and several past mistresses. Remy is also brought back together with his estranged son Sebastien, who is now a successful business man.

      The film centres on the relationship between this pair, and Sebastien’s realisation that he must put aside his differences with hi father. He then does everything he can to make his stubborn father’s last days as comfortable as possible, culminating in one of the most heartbreaking endings seen on film for a very long time.

      /> The Barbarian Invasions is a beautifully scripted and perfectly acted piece that stands up and surpasses every film Hollywood has produced recently. Arcand has proved that Canadians can actually make great films, (not something they’re particularly well known for) and this film is unmistakeabbly Canadian.

      It shows the same mix of French cosmopolitan sensibilites and literary references found in the work of other canadian writers such as Leonard Cohen. If you are a fan of Cohen’s music or writing, you will probably enjoy this film.

      If not, this film could show you a whole new way of looking at things.




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