Les invasions barbares Poster

Release Date: 2003

R|1 hr 39 min

Plot Summary
In this sequel to "The Decline of the American Empire," middle-aged Montreal-based professor Rémy (Rémy Girard) discovers that he is terminally ill with cancer. This revelation leads to his reconnecting with his son, Sébastien (Stéphane Rousseau), a finance expert living in London who has embraced ideals that are at odds with his father's socialist leanings. As Remy reconnects with his son, and other relatives and friends, they discuss everything from sex to politics to philosophy.

Cast: Rémy Girard, Stéphane Rousseau, Marie-Josée Croze, Marina Hands, Dorothée Berryman, Johanne-Marie Tremblay, Dominique Michel, Louise Portal

Director: Denys Arcand

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Astral Films

Keywords: Friend, Death, Amusing, Father, Emotional, Son, Love interest, 2000s, Love

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Where Denys Arcand's delightful 1986 comedy "The Decline of the American Empire" celebrated the good life, his profoundly funny sequel The Barbarian Invasions heartily toasts the good death. show more

  • The film grows on you too, a later-stage version of "The Big Chill" that starts schematically and ends as a stirring celebration.

  • Dying is not this cheerful, but we need to think it is. The Barbarian Invasions is a movie about a man who dies about as pleasantly as it's possible to imagine; the audience sheds happy tears. show more

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Winner Foreign Language Film
Nominated Screenplay (Original)
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2003)
Nominated Best Foreign Language Film
Nominated Writing (Original Screenplay)
Nominated Film Not in the English Language
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2003)