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Format: DVD
Sku: 221187801
UPC: 031398138327
UPC 14: 00031398138327
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Editor's Note
Denys Arcand delivers a beautiful film with THE BARBARIAN INVASIONS, the story of a man on his deathbed who is joined by his distant son and all his closest friends throughout the last--wonderful and loving--days of his life. In this follow-up to 1986's THE DECLINE OF THE AMERICAN EMPIRE, the same characters reappear. Now Remy (Remy Girard), the horny history teacher, is hospitalized and in pain. But at the urging of his wife, Louise (Dorothee Berryman), Remy's son Sebastian (Stephane Rousseau) comes to his aid. Sebastian is a banker who tosses cash around, paying hospital administrators, union workers, Remy's former students, and even a local heroin dealer, to help make his father's last days as comfortable as possible. Along with this financial commitment also comes love, and the relationship between this father and son is touching.

The sometimes raucous and comic mood of the film, generated by perverted stories and silly jokes, stands in striking contrast to this serious story of life, sickness, and dying. But it is that balance, kept neatly in check by Arcand, that makes THE BARBARIAN INVASIONS a truly great cinematic feat, as well as a thoroughly enjoyable viewing experience.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, English, Subtitled, French, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby, Digital Audio

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Lions Gate
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/17/2011
Video Play Time Running Time: 99 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2003
Video UPC UPC: 00031398138327
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Marie-Josee Croze
Video Cast Info Stephane Rousseau
Video Cast Info Dominique Michel
Video Cast Info Remy Girard
Video Cast Info Yves Jacques
Video Cast Info Louise Portal
Video Cast Info Johanne-Marie Tremblay
Video Cast Info Dorothee Berryman
Video Cast Info Pierre Curzi
Video Cast Info Denys Arcand - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Denise Robert - Producer
Video Cast Info Daniel Louis - Producer
Video Cast Info Pierre Aviat - Music
Video Cast Info Guy DuFaux - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Denys Arcand - Director

Professional Reviews

Movieline's Hollywood Life
"...Girard and Marie-Josee Croze bring piercing insight to their portrayals..." 11/01/2003 p.116-18

Rolling Stone
"...Remy Girard gives a hilariously scrappy performance....The Oscar for best foreign film belongs right here..." 11/27/2003 p.103

Los Angeles Times
"...Generous-spirited and bracing....A rueful comic drama about attempting to make sense of one's life..." 11/21/2003 p.C6

Entertainment Weekly
"...Arcand generates a mood of wistful tranquility..." 11/28/2003 p.100

USA Today
"[T]his is a smart piece of work." 11/21/2003 p.1E

Chicago Sun-Times
"[A] movie with brains, indignation, irony and idealism -- a film about people who think seriously, and express themselves with passion." 12/19/2003 p.39

"A moving, note-perfect Oscar-winner." 09/01/2004 p.136

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