The Barbarian Invasions

Synopsis: In this belated sequel to 'The Decline of the American Empire', 50-something Montreal college professor, Remy, learns that he is dying of liver cancer. He decides to make amends meet to his friends and family before he dies. He first tries to made peace with his ex-wife Louise, who asks their estranged son Sebastian, a successful businessman living in London, to come home. Sebastian makes the impossible happen, using his contacts and disrupting the entire Canadian system in every way possible to help his father fight his terminal illness to the bitter end, while he also tries to reunite his former friends, Pierre, Alain, Dominique, Diane, and Claude to see their old friend before he passes on.
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Director(s): Denys Arcand
Production: Miramax
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 48 wins & 33 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
99 min

to my daughter MingXia

London, 2:
30 p.m.

- Hi, Mom.

- Hi, dear.

l have bad news.

Montreal, 9:
30 a.m.

Your dad's prognosis isn't good.

You have to come.

Did he ask you to call?

Not in so many words.

We saw each other

for 1 5 minutes last summer.

We had nothing to say.

With his flat, bank account,

insurance, the university...

Your sister's in Australia.

lt's too much for me.

l'll see if Galle can come.

London, 2:
35 p.m.

Hi, love.

He's worse?

- l have to be there.

l'll come.

You don't have to come.

l've warned you

you'll never get rid of me.

- Do you hear me complaining?

- You better not.

Seeing it's Monday morning,

l'll give you five minutes to get them.

We're now starting the aerobics,

so get moving.

We'll start with jogging

on the spot.

Because l loved you.

You'll never understand that.

Women aren't afraid to love.

We commit ourselves.

We don't forever lie

and shun responsibility!

l wasted four years of my life

waiting for you!

The best years of my life!

Good luck finding another woman like me!

Careful. He's very ill.

l don't care!

We're talking about my life here!

And what do l have to show for it?


lf at least you'd pleasured me.

Because l've got news for you, darling.

You're not equipped to pleasure anyone!

l don't want to bruise your ego,

but l've had better.

My performance in bed with you

was Oscar-worthy!

But you never doubted it, did you?

No, never.

Never, never, never!

- Ow.

- Oh, no you don't!

That's too easy.

Cheating on me for four years

with Sylviane Dupuis, Ginette Mongrain,

Mireille Ttrault!

That woman weighs a ton!

Ginette Mongrain?

Yes! You don't remember

your own mistresses?

You've had too many.

- Ginette Mongrain...

Ginette Mongrain.

The string bean from Olivieri's.

- l never slept with her.

- She told me herself.

At least have the guts to admit it!

- She told you that?

- Damn right.

l swear...

l don't remember.


The body of Christ.


Have a good day.

The body of Christ.

The communion's over here.

The body of Christ.


On the way back, perhaps?

And there you have it!

What a comeback!

How's Mr. Desmarais?

l don't know.

l'm not Mr. Desmarais.

Sorry, the computer system

is a mess.

Constance Lazure.

My wife, Louise.

Must be hard having him here.

l threw him out 1 5 years ago.

So whether he's here

or humping co-eds in his condo...

Gimme a break.

You know it's been years

since l humped a co-ed.

And Raphalle Metellus?

She was Dominique's student,

not mine.

You were her personal tutor?

"Kneel down, open wide.

Careful, don't bite!"

l'd best continue my rounds.

Have a good day!

You too, Sister.


l called Sbastien

to let him know.

- You did?

- He's coming.

l see.

Aren't you glad?

Lovely, we can play

his video games.

He's still young.

OK, but couldn't he have read

one book in his life?

Any book?

ls that asking too much?

He may not read, but he earns

more in a month than you in a year.

Thanks a lot.

That's OK, we had room.

lt's flying to Belfast Monday...

l'll probably

have to stay longer.

- The British Museum?

- No, it's in the National Gallery.

ln the basement.

- The Trafalgar Square Museum, right?

Yes, exactly.

My darling!

You must be exhausted.

What time is it for you?

Galle, how are you, dear?

Fine, thank you.

Hello, sir.

Young man.

You remember Galle?

Galle is unforgettable.

Hello, sir.

How are you?

No private rooms?

l'm lucky l'm not in the hall.

l tried,

all l got was voice mail.

What's going on over here?

l guess you're fixing the wiring.

What the...?

Hey, hey, hey.

There must be private rooms


Private rooms were abolished

What you mean, abolished?

Excuse me.

My TV's on the fritz.

There's nothing l can do, sir.

Maybe so, but my shows are on

in two minutes.

The TVs are managed

by a private company. Call tomorrow.

What? Tomorrow!

What am l supposed to do tonight?

l don't know, sir!

Not here. Look over there.

- Do you know anything about TVs?

- No.

There was something else

l wanted to ask you.

l've been on duty for 1 2 hours

without a break.

l'm doing three people's work.

So go bother someone else.

Madam. Madam?

Can l see

my father's medical chart?

Later. l'm too busy right now.


l managed to find his chart.

l'll scan it for you upstairs.

l can't look at it right now,

old buddy, 'cause l'm at a ball.

Yes, my friend, the Baltimore

Museum of Art's annual ball.

Worse yet, l think Allison

will make me dance.

l'll look at it first thing tomorrow

and call you back, OK?

"Dad's very sick.

Please get in touch."

"Message sent to

lt's a cable problem.

There's no signal, sir.

Oh. Then fix the cable.

l can't touch the cable, sir.

Why not?

We just handle the TVs.

Videotron handles cable.

You have to call them.

They'll never come,

they're practically bankrupt.

File a complaint.

- Who with?

- l don't know. The head office.

The head office?

Where's that?

Hey, l don't have time for that!

l have a life, you know!

Television is a right!

l loved you so.

l don't understand, Rmy.

l don't understand

your fear of commitment.

But l don't blame you.

You were always afraid

of responsibility.

That's just the way you were.

l never wanted to change you.

Three years is a long time to wait,

you know.

The best years of my life.

What l see isn't encouraging.

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Denys Arcand

Georges-Henri Denys Arcand, (French: [dəni aʁkɑ̃]; born June 25, 1941) is a French Canadian film director, screenwriter and producer. He won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 2004 for The Barbarian Invasions. He has also been nominated three further times, including two nominations in the same category for The Decline of the American Empire in 1986 and Jesus of Montreal in 1989, becoming the only French-Canadian director in history to receive this number of nominations and, subsequently, to win the award. Also for The Barbarian Invasions, he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay, losing to Sofia Coppola for Lost in Translation. During his four decades career, he became the most globally recognized director from Quebec, winning many awards from the Cannes Film Festival, including the Best Screenplay Award, the Jury Prize, and many other prestigious awards worldwide. He won three César Awards in 2004 for The Barbarian Invasions: Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Film, being the only Canadian director to have accomplished this. Arcand has directed three Canadian films that have received an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Film and three films in the Toronto International Film Festival's 2004 list of the top 10 canadian films of all time. more…

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