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The Barbarian Invasions (Les Invasions barbares) Reviews

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July 9, 2016
It may sound too off-beat for mainstream audience, but for the ones who embrace this journey, the result is a touching and witty drama about friendship and family bonds.
½ April 24, 2016
Armed with a cynical sense of humor and post-9/11 perspective on life, "The Barbarian Invasions" will leave you feeling richer for the experience.
½ January 6, 2016
Ce film aurait mà (C)rità (C) 5 à (C)toiles, mais malheureusement il y a Stà (C)phane Rousseau qui paraà (R)t un peu pâle à côtà (C) de tous ces autres incroyables acteurs. Rà (C)mi Girard, Marie-Josà (C) Cruz, Isabelle Blais, difficile de ne pas être à (C)mu par tant de performances incroyables.
January 2, 2016
"Among the greatest films of all time"

½ October 25, 2015
A superb sequel that reunites the characters from "The Decline of an American Empire," set seventeen years later, by French-Canadian writer-director Denys Arcand. Remy Girard, a former professor and satyr, is a terminal cancer patient in an overcrowded Montreal hospital. His estranged son (Stephane Rousseau), a successful financier, arrives and exploits his monetary prowess to ease his father's illness, concluding with a reunion of family and friends at the same lakeside cottage from the previous film. This is a sophisticated, witty, unsentimental view of mortality that is extraordinarily honest. Arcand infuses memory and fantasy into the narrative without disrupting the flow and the conversations touch on sex, death, regret, politics, and intellect. The resolution may be a bit tidy but it never feels manipulative. Won the Oscar as Best Foreign-Language Film. Cinematography by Guy Dufaux; music is by Pierre Aviat. With Dorothee Berryman, Louise Portal, Marie-Josee Croze, and Marina Hands. In French and English with subtitles.
Robert B.
Super Reviewer
½ October 8, 2015
The Barbarian Invasions is an interesting and low-key family drama. The film is about contrasts and has quite a mix of characters. It succeeds in balancing the cynical with the sentimental. Other reviewers have complained about the character of the father. But to my mind, the father character must be not completely likable, otherwise the dynamic in the film will not work. In various spots the lighting and focus stand out as well-done and, all-in-all, The Barbarian Invasions is a very competent film.
August 3, 2015
One of the better movies of the year with a touching performance from Remy Girard
May 31, 2015
It might be a significant piece with a few agenda being attached back then. But this was not an interesting one to watch at all.
½ May 8, 2015
Profoundly touching ! One of the greatest movie Québec ever made.
April 26, 2015
Près de douze ans après le visionnement, je me dois de me raviser. Les invasions barbares est un chef-d'oeuvre au même titre que le Déclin... Une fois qu'on passe par-dessus le jeu ordinaire de Stéphane Rousseau, on se laisse porter par cette ode à la vie. Remarquable.
February 2, 2015
Better then Big Fish and a must watch for anyone not intimidated by foreign language films
½ December 19, 2014
This movie is like a sequel to Return Of The Secaucus Seven or The Big Chill. It is a reunion of old friends, an estranged son, ex-wife and mistresses of a fifty year old French Canadian professor who is terminally ill in a chaotic Montreal hospital. Very engaging bitter-sweet tale with humorous banter, some surprises, some great truths, catharsis and perhaps hope. There were many wet hankies in the theater but it was an older crowd who have experienced the death of parents and perhaps friends and are feeling their own mortality.
Super Reviewer
½ August 5, 2014
Not sure what to really make of this movie as it isn't really as story-focused as it could've been given the concept. Each character has its own individual story, and at the very least each character gets a little color, but there's no real 'narrative' other than this group of intellectual and socially conscious friends, whose 1960s mentality has carried over to this decade, to come together one last time as one of their own has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. Over the course of the course of these days, however long it is who knows as the movie doesn't explicitly state how long it is, these friends have conversations about politics, sexuality, art, literature, etc. It's everything a group of current republicans would hate, intellectual conversation. And I think it works, mostly because this group of friends does very much feel like a real group of friends. Perhaps that is the familiarity the cast must have had with each other as this is sort of a sequel to a film made 17 years prior to this one. So that air of familiarity is certainly there, like you're just seeing old friends shooting the shit again. In that regard, I thought the film was excellent. But, and this is my own personal opinion, this film wasn't good enough to be an Oscar-winner. It's certainly very good, the acting is excellent and the writing is incredibly smart. But there's just nothing here that screams Best Foreign Movie Oscar. Personally I thought the relationship between Remy and Sebastien could've been much better developed than it was. They spend a lot of time either arguing or not even talking to each other. It's clear that Sebastien was affected by Remy's philandering ways and how that affected their relationship. It's almost as if Sebastien wanted to be the exact opposite of Remy, and in a lot of ways he is, but where it's most important he's almost exactly like Remy. They do spend time on that, but not as much as to make it truly effective. They never really truly solve their problems but, at the end, that doesn't really matter. Remy is still Sebastien's father and there will always be love there regardless of whatever issues they may have. That part was certainly good, handled subtly as well, which makes it even better in my view. Personally, I found it more touching once Remy's friends start to say their goodbyes. It's very heartfelt and genuine but, again, and this is the most important part, it's all done very subtly. It doesn't exploit cancer in order to manipulate your emotions. It's a character study on how Remy's prognosis brings these group of friends, and even Remy's somewhat estranged family, back together in spite of everything they may have gone through. That's my favorite part of the film, easily. Though I still don't think this film is really Oscar-worthy, I very much enjoyed its approach to its characters and dialogue. The narrative itself isn't great, but it is interesting enough to hold your attention throughout. Very good stuff here, but it's definitely gonna be an acquired taste for some. Not a movie that's gonna appeal to everyone.
½ July 24, 2014
Vecchi che se la menano perché sono i più intelligenti di tutti e che poi un secondo dopo se la ridono perché il meglio della loro vita si sublima in qualche scopata e/o mangiata. Potere alla terza età!
May 27, 2014
In the very oddest sense, through humour and honesty, it is a perfect social commentary from first scene to last.
May 10, 2014
the ups and downs of life. in sepia.
½ April 9, 2014
it is a best movie that I saw ever!
½ February 4, 2014
funny and profound; great acting
January 2, 2014
Awesome little film. Well written, well directed and nicely played by a bunch of interesting actors/characters.
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