Barbarian Invasions

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Studio Lions Gate
SKU 221187801
UPC 031398138327
UPC 14 00031398138327
Format DVD
Release Date 5/17/2011
Rating Rating
Family (General)
Fathers And Sons
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
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.
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
Uncut "A moving, note-perfect Oscar-winner." 09/01/2004 p.136
Denys Arcand
Marie-Josee Croze
Stephane Rousseau
Remy Girard
Cast & Crew
Marie-Josee Croze - Star
Stephane Rousseau - Star
Dominique Michel - Star
Remy Girard - Star
Yves Jacques - Star
Louise Portal - Star
Johanne-Marie Tremblay - Star
Dorothee Berryman - Star
Pierre Curzi - Star
Denys Arcand - Screenwriter
Denise Robert - Producer
Daniel Louis - Producer
Pierre Aviat - Music
Guy DuFaux - Director of Photography
Denys Arcand - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2003
UPC 00031398138327
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 99 minutes
Color Color
Name Marie-Josee Croze
Award Category Best Actress
Award Status Winner
Award Year 2003
Award Giver Cannes
DVD, Widescreen, English, Subtitled, French, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby, Digital Audio
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Video Format DVD

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