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Denys Arcand

Highest Rated:   100% Leolo (1992)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Quebec My Country Mon Pays
  • Actor
2016
21% An Eye for Beauty (Le règne de la beauté)
  • Director
2014
No Score Yet Le crime d'Ovide Plouffe (Murder in the Family) (The Crime of Ovide Plouffe)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
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
No Score Yet On est au coton (Cotton Mill, Treadmill)
  • Director
2012
80% Barney's Version
  • Maître'D at Ritz
2011
No Score Yet Godin
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Les Ennemis du Cinema
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet L'Âge des ténèbres (The Age of Ignorance) (Days of Darkness)
  • Actor
  • Director
2007
No Score Yet Days of Darkness
  • Director
  • Actor
  • Screenwriter
2007
No Score Yet Idole Instantanée
  • Actor
2005
81% The Barbarian Invasions (Les Invasions barbares)
  • Screenwriter
2003
43% Stardom
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2000
67% Love and Human Remains
  • Director
1993
100% 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)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
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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