Denys Arcand

Denys Arcand

Highest Rated: 90% Leolo (1992)

Lowest Rated: 20% An Eye for Beauty (Le règne de la beauté) (2014)

Birthday: Jun 25, 1941

Birthplace: Not Available

His intensely personal, challenging, and intellectual films have gained Canadian filmmaker Denys Arcand a devoted international following. A former documentarian whose understanding of the human condition often results in movies with realistic and honest personalities, Arcand has seemingly cornered the market in cerebral, character-driven stories in an era when computer-generated explosions fill the multiplexes. A native of Deschambault, Canada, Arcand was raised in a strict Catholic household (his mother even aspired to become a Carmelite nun) and attended Jesuit school for nine years. The future director studied history at the University of Montreal, and it was there that he would produce his first short film, Seul ou Avec d'Autres, in 1962. Subsequently finding work with the National Film Board of Canada, early directing experience came with a trio of historical documentaries in 1964 and 1965 that explored the discovery of North America. Arcand was fascinated and repelled by the exploitation of textile workers and his first feature-length documentary, On Est au Coton (1970), explored the matter in such an explosive manner that it was ultimately banned in Canada. Following his next political documentary, Quebec: Duplessis et Après... (1972), Arcand graduated to feature films. La Maudite Galette (also 1972) proved a brutal crime comedy concerning thieves, mistrust, and greed. In his growing years as a feature filmmaker, Arcand would alternate between fiction films and documentaries, at times combining the two in such efforts as 1975's Gina. A stint directing the 1985 television series Murder in the Family found Arcand becoming increasingly prolific, and the following year, the established director would release his masterpiece. An academic, character-driven drama in which a group of four men and four women explore themselves and the society surrounding them, The Decline of the American Empire was nominated for Best Foreign Film at the 1987 Oscars, won both best Canadian feature and the People's Choice Awards at the Toronto Film Festival, and swept the Genies in eight categories. If critics and audiences claimed that lightning could not strike twice, Arcand's success with Jesus of Montreal the very next year proved that all bets were off. Inspired by the director's interaction with street actors who portray religious figures by night and pursue more commercial endeavors by day, the film once again received a Best Foreign Film nomination at the Oscars and swept the Genies -- this time in 12 categories. Arcand's skyrocketing success in the late '80s ultimately gave way to a something of a lull in the early to mid-'90s, and though his audacious comedy drama Love and Human Remains (1993) did strike home with some viewers, it went largely unnoticed in both his native Canada and the United States. After exploring more pressing issues in 1996's Poverty and Other Delights, Arcand once again sharpened his knives for the social comedy Stardom (2000). A revealing tale of a young girl plucked from the spotlight and thrust into worldwide fame, the film proved somewhat of a departure from Arcand's generally more serious usual fare, in that it dealt with the subject of fame in a notably humorous fashion. After receiving generally positive reviews, Stardom quickly faded from the box office and was relegated to life on the home video market. Revisiting the characters of The Decline of the American Empire in his 2003 drama The Barbarian Invasions, Arcand was back on more familiar ground, and the tale of a man with terminal cancer revisiting his past took both the Cannes and Toronto Film Festivals by storm. The film's momentum continued and in 2004, Arcand won his first Academy Award, taking home the Oscar for Best Foreign-Language Film.

Highest Rated Movies



59% The Fall of the American Empire (La chute de l'empire américain) Director Screenwriter 2019
No Score Yet La caída del Imperio Americano Director Screenwriter 2019
No Score Yet Quebec My Country Mon Pays Actor 2016
20% An Eye for Beauty (Le règne de la beauté) Screenwriter 2014
No Score Yet On est au coton (Cotton Mill, Treadmill) Director 2012
No Score Yet Le crime d'Ovide Plouffe (Murder in the Family) (The Crime of Ovide Plouffe) Director Screenwriter 2012
No Score Yet Québec: Duplessis et après... (Québec: Duplessis and After...) Director 2012
No Score Yet Joyeux Calvaire (Poverty and Other Delights) Director 2012
79% Barney's Version Maître'D at Ritz $7.6M 2011
No Score Yet Godin Actor 2011
No Score Yet L'Âge des ténèbres (The Age of Ignorance) (Days of Darkness) Actor Director 2007
20% Days of Darkness Director Screenwriter Actor 2007
82% The Barbarian Invasions (Les Invasions barbares) Director 2003
43% Stardom Director Screenwriter 2000
69% Love and Human Remains Director 1993
90% Leolo Career Counselor 1992
No Score Yet Montreal Vu Par... (six Variation Sur Un Theme( Director [Desperanto] 1992
79% Jésus de Montréal (Jesus of Montreal) Screenwriter The Judge Director 1989
No Score Yet Night Zoo Man at peep-show 1988
86% The Decline of the American Empire (Le Déclin de l'Empire Américain) Screenwriter Director 1986
No Score Yet Le confort et l'indifférence Director 1982
No Score Yet Comfort And Indifference Director 1981
No Score Yet Gina Director 1975
No Score Yet Réjeanne Padovani Director 1973
No Score Yet La Maudite Galette Director Detective 1971
No Score Yet Between Sweet and Salt Water (Entre la mer et l'eau douce) Screenwriter 1967
No Score Yet Seul ou avec d'autres (Alone or with Others) Director 1962


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