- The Barbarian Invasions
name = The Barbarian Invasions
caption = Original movie poster
Daniel Louis Denys Robert
writer = Denys Arcand
Rémy Girard Stéphane Rousseau Dorothée Berryman Louise Portal
November 21, 2003( United Stated, limited) February 20, 2004( United Kingdom) April 1, 2004( Australia)
runtime = 112 minutes
language = French
budget = US$5 000 000
preceded_by = "
The Decline of the American Empire"
followed_by = "
Days of Darkness"
amg_id = 1:285687
imdb_id = 0338135
"The Barbarian Invasions" ( _fr. Les Invasions barbares) is a
French Canadiancomedy/ drama filmdirected by Denys Arcand. It is the sequelto Arcand's earlier film " The Decline of the American Empire" and is followed by " Days of Darkness". The film was produced by companies from both Canadaand France, including Téléfilm Canada, Société Radio-Canadaand Canal+. It was released in 2003 and won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Filmat the 76th Academy Awardsin 2004.
Continuing seventeen years after Arcand's 1986 film "The Decline of the American Empire", the movie is once again much more about exploring character than plot. What plot there is revolves around the character Rémy's battle with terminal
cancer, and his estranged son's efforts, after reluctantly returning from Londonat the request of Remy's ex-wife Louise, to make his dying father more comfortable in his last days. He proves willing to go to any lengths to achieve this, navigating Quebec's healthcare system, and in the process he gathers the various other friends and family members from Remy's past who come to visit and comfort him. During Remy's last days, he and his friends travel to the cottage of the first film, and discuss philosophy, politics, and past sexual and intellectual exploits.
The film won
France's 2004 César Awardfor Best Picture and Best Director, plus Best Original Screenplay for Denys Arcand. It also won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Filmat the 76th Academy Awards, the first Canadian film to actually win the award, in 2004 (Arcand had been previously nominated for 'Invasions' predecessor The Decline of the American Empireand Jesus of Montreal. As of 2006 this Oscar is on public display at the Museum of Civilizationin Quebec Cityas part of an exhibit about the cinema of Quebec.
Cannes Film Festivalin 2003, it won two awards: Best Screenplay Award and Best Actress Award for Marie-Josée Croze.
The film also won 5 Jutra Awards and 6 Genie Awards, as well as prizes at other international festivals (Bangkok International Film Festival, Cinema Brazil Grand Prize, Toronto International Film Festival, Czech Lions).
Rémy Girardas Rémy
Dominique Michelas Dominique
Dorothée Berrymanas Louise
Louise Portalas Diane
Pierre Curzias Pierre
Yves Jacquesas Claude
Stéphane Rousseauas Sébastien
Marie-Josée Crozeas Nathalie
* Mitsou Gélinas as Ghislaine
Micheline Lanctôtas Nurse Carole
Johanne-Marie Tremblayas Sister Constance
Roy Dupuisas Narcotics Officer Gilles Levac
Marina Handsas Gaëlle
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