The Barbarian Invasions (Les Invasions barbares) (2003)
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as First Lover
as Sister Constance
as Nurse Carole
as Nurse Suzanne
as Second Lover
as Alain Lussier
as Gilles Levac
as Security Guard
as Dr. Dube
as Ronald the Syndicalist
as Mme. Joncas-Pelletier
as Bulgarian Nurse
Critic Reviews for The Barbarian Invasions (Les Invasions barbares)
Despite an uneven cast, Arcand finds a tonal balance between sentimental and cynical that keeps the conversations real and heart wrenching.
A full-bodied, funny and gloriously unpretentious ode to family, friendship and the meaning of life.
Both the comedy and the weepy moments tend towards the trite, but the film is directed and performed with such brio and manipulative skill that one eventually succumbs to its somewhat dubious charms.
A nicely balanced blend of sentiment and acrid wit.
Arcand avoids the temptation of turning the story into a tear-jerker.
If you haven't seen the original, which, if memory serves, was billed as 'The Big Chill with a doctorate,' no worries. Arcand's follow-up stands alone as a universal story of generational reconciliation.
Audience Reviews for The Barbarian Invasions (Les Invasions barbares)
Much more moving and complex that the first picture, Danys Arcand bring these delight characters to the screen again, together with past, present and future sad ghosts.
A French Canadian guy is dying slowly so his rich son sets it up so he goes out after his old friends party together one last time (like that Greek philosopher guy ... but with woman). Lotsa talk about the good ol'days and sniffles later and everyone nods their head and says goodbye. Tries maybe too hard to be meaningful, like a Hallmark card with nothing personal written on it.
A truly outstanding film that leaves you with a great deal to digest. It does have its lulls, but the excellent acting and the double-edged sword that is Arcand's script more than make up for it. To the very end, you don't know who to take seriously and who to dislike, and the end result is a moving experience sprinkled with some of the darker comedy you'll ever see on film. It's a great creator of cynics, and while you may think you get what you want with the ending, you may not want what you got. It's brilliant.
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