Days of Darkness


Days of Darkness

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A civil servant gradually regresses into a fantasy world while falling for a beautiful movie star (Diane Kruger) in director Denys Arcand's (The Barbarian Invasions) dark comedy.


Marc Labrèche
as Jean-Marc Leblanc
Diane Kruger
as Véronica Star
Sylvie Léonard
as Sylvie Cormier-leblanc
Caroline Neron
as Carole Bigras-Bourque
Rufus Wainwright
as Young Prince
Macha Grenon
as Béatrice de Savoie
Emma de Caunes
as Karine Tendance
Didier Lucien
as William Chérubin
Rosalie Julien
as Laurence Métivier
Jean-Rene Ouellet
as Police Officer
André Robitaille
as Gilles Sansregret
Hugo Giroux
as Thorvald
Christian Bégin
as Le motivateur par le rire
Gilles Pelletier
as Raymond Leclerc
Johanne-Marie Tremblay
as Constance Lazure
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Critic Reviews for Days of Darkness

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (1) | Rotten (4)

  • The final chapter of the trilogy that began with The Decline of the American Empire and continued with The Barbarian Invasions, Days of Darkness has neither that chatty brilliance of the former nor the elegiac emotion of the latter.

    Mar 21, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • Days of Darkness is arguably [Denis] Arcand's most depressing film. Yet it's also one of his greatest and, in a strange way, his most uplifting.

    Mar 21, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Unfortunately, despite its Fellini-esque scale, this misanthropic satire is not particularly funny. It's too cerebral and too smug.

    Nov 29, 2017 | Full Review…
  • An apocalyptic film for those who like to pleasure themselves with bad movies about flesh-eaters.

    Jan 29, 2013 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
  • Denys Arcand's Days of Darkness have arrived, and not just as a film title.

    Mar 21, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/5

Audience Reviews for Days of Darkness

  • Nov 02, 2009
    Arcand's latest plays out like ''Modern Society Anxieties : Greatest Hits'' rather than the conclusion to a trilogy of nuanced, self-reflexive portraits on the bourgeois lifestyle. The existential exhaustment coursing through the film does, however, come to light in the form of a delicately affecting conclusion, and Marc Labreche is quite troubling at times. Yet, I was never quite sold on the questionable means that L'Age des Tenebres uses to get its narrative strolling along, and was ultimately let down by its lack of cohesion. Another remark : why do our protagonist's dreamlike evasions have to solely be through sex?
    Laurence C Super Reviewer
  • Mar 04, 2008
    <DIV ALIGN=center><B>L'ÂGE DES TÉNÈBRES (2007) directed by Denys Arcand starring Marc Labrèche, Sylvie Léonard, Diane Kruger</B></DIV><P><DIV ALIGN=justify>Cynical. Satirical. Dark. Pessimistic. Denys Arcand's latest film isnt as bad as the French said in their reviews, but its not as good as some of his best work, especially after winning an Oscar for his previous effort, <I>The Barbarian Invasions</I>. The film starts good, with an expected dream sequence, then follows plenty of scenes, which could have all been used separately as sketches. It works just fine and Arcand's dialogues are punchy, agressive and full of fabricated truth. Its funny and entertaining but then comes the moment where the film would have needed a rewrite.<P><I>L'Âge des ténèbres</I> has no plot, but it has a mood and some ideas. Its about a man. Married to an overachieving wife who basically lives for her job. He hasnt had sex in over a year and a half. He works for the government, listen to people complaining about their lives all day, about stuff they dont understand. He hates his life, so he immerses himself in a fantasy world. In those dreams, he is famous, his wife is Diane Kruger, a cute journalist keeps wanting him to have sex with her in front of people, he tortures his superior from work, he is what he thought he would become. In between dream-like moments he lives real life and those are depressing but the film use an ironic tone, depsise the government and the suburban life. Its all good stuff, but I think its a matter of culture to really understand this film and Arcand's point of view that mostly applies to French-Canadian's frustrations.<P>When his wife leaves for Toronto, our hero, Jean-Marc, finds himself alone, he thinks she left him and thats when the movie fails, it was good till then, even if it wasnt rising above the sketches level, at least it was good, but there is a good 15-20 minutes here that should have been cut, when its hard to tell wether its really happening or if its just part of the fantasy world Jean-Marc created within himself. Also, its hard to tell if that long sequence is really useful to the script. Im talking about the medieval stuff here, you will understand when you see it. Everything else is good, but that bit kind of made me lose interest for a while and felt like another film.<P>Arcand's direction is quite classical, he doesnt bring anything new, but as always, he knows how to set his camera and bring out the best of his actor. Marc Labrèche who hasnt been in too many movies for the last ten years is amazing, and proves that he is one of Québec's finest actors. Diane Kruger and Emma De Caunes are used for their beauty and they totally fulfill their character's destiny. Sylvie Léonard as the wife is as good as usual and so is the rest of the cast.<P>Once again, like he did before, Arcand brings back characters from previous movies and thats always fun to see the connection they have in this pessimistic painting of a world where people cant smoke near any building, everyone is afraid of the bird flu, pre-teen daughters give blowjobs to neighbors and everyone seems to be angry for a good reason.<P>The film was marketed as the end to a trilogy that began back in 1986 with <I>Le déclin de l'empire Américain</I> and obviously the follow-up, 17 years later, <I>Les invasions barbares</I>, but Denys Arcand himself denied that it really was a trilogy, while there are similar themes, its obvious this film has nothing to do with the other two, it was just a way to get more people to see it, like if Arcand's name wasnt enough to want to see a film. Its not bad, nor is it dissapointing, but it could have be a bit better. Its the kind of movies which gets easier to appreciate after many viewings.</DIV>
    Hugo S Super Reviewer

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