The Decline of the American Empire (Le Déclin de l'Empire Américain) Reviews

  • May 01, 2019

    With many fascinating, very sophisticated discussions and great character interactions, The Decline of the American Empire is a highly intelligent conversational piece which is mostly very riveting in its dialogue and which explores sex, fetishes and the hedonistic lifestyle in an admirably unbiased manner with all of its pleasures and dangers.

    With many fascinating, very sophisticated discussions and great character interactions, The Decline of the American Empire is a highly intelligent conversational piece which is mostly very riveting in its dialogue and which explores sex, fetishes and the hedonistic lifestyle in an admirably unbiased manner with all of its pleasures and dangers.

  • May 10, 2016

    7.0/10, my review: http://wp.me/p1eXom-2pe

    7.0/10, my review: http://wp.me/p1eXom-2pe

  • Nov 19, 2015

    Perhaps a movie where the main draw is that the characters talk frankly about sex doesn't have a very long shelf-life. Because most of the dialogue seemed intended to shock, and it probably did in 1986. But now, beyond the novelty of people speaking that way, there's not much to engage with, especially in the first half, where it's practically an intellectual Canadian version of Kids. It becomes more interesting in the second half, but not enough.

    Perhaps a movie where the main draw is that the characters talk frankly about sex doesn't have a very long shelf-life. Because most of the dialogue seemed intended to shock, and it probably did in 1986. But now, beyond the novelty of people speaking that way, there's not much to engage with, especially in the first half, where it's practically an intellectual Canadian version of Kids. It becomes more interesting in the second half, but not enough.

  • Apr 26, 2015

    Toujours efficace malgré les années qui passent. Tout est dans les savoureux dialogues et le jeu des acteurs. Le meilleur de Arcand, à mon humble avis.

    Toujours efficace malgré les années qui passent. Tout est dans les savoureux dialogues et le jeu des acteurs. Le meilleur de Arcand, à mon humble avis.

  • Apr 16, 2014

    Ca parle librement de cul. Mais a part ca...

    Ca parle librement de cul. Mais a part ca...

  • Mar 25, 2014

    A really great version of THE BIG CHILL. A lot of fun.

    A really great version of THE BIG CHILL. A lot of fun.

  • May 05, 2013

    Engaging, dialogue focused battle of the sexes?

    Engaging, dialogue focused battle of the sexes?

  • Feb 03, 2013

    let's talk about sex indeed. some of these dialogue-driven films can flop gloriously while some are smart and sharp. this belonged to the latter (and it was hilarious too), though it wrapped up on a somewhat bleak note what with the snow-filled landscape and that piano score. alright, it did start off strong and dawdled a wee bit towards the very end. but still.

    let's talk about sex indeed. some of these dialogue-driven films can flop gloriously while some are smart and sharp. this belonged to the latter (and it was hilarious too), though it wrapped up on a somewhat bleak note what with the snow-filled landscape and that piano score. alright, it did start off strong and dawdled a wee bit towards the very end. but still.

  • Dec 27, 2012

    Probably one of the greatest film to have come out of Québec.

    Probably one of the greatest film to have come out of Québec.

  • Dec 21, 2012

    A comedy of manners that effectively embodies a unique moment in (North) American culture--the mid-eighties. The characters are bourgeois academics who devote most of their time an attention to sex, food, and other hedonistic pursuits. Despite the fact that it is a Quebecois film, in French, the mores it depicts were widespread throughout the industrialized West in the aftermath of the liberation movements of the 1960s and 1970s. The film may not be as thought-provoking as Arcand intended, yet it is nonetheless a great document of a time that is little understood. Comparable to the "Big Chill," for its focus on rebels growing older, but it's a better film, more like John Sayles' "Return of the Seacaucus Seven" because it is specific in its subcultural references, and knowing and sympathetic to its characters, even as it critiques their facile attempts at self-justification. Highly recommended.

    A comedy of manners that effectively embodies a unique moment in (North) American culture--the mid-eighties. The characters are bourgeois academics who devote most of their time an attention to sex, food, and other hedonistic pursuits. Despite the fact that it is a Quebecois film, in French, the mores it depicts were widespread throughout the industrialized West in the aftermath of the liberation movements of the 1960s and 1970s. The film may not be as thought-provoking as Arcand intended, yet it is nonetheless a great document of a time that is little understood. Comparable to the "Big Chill," for its focus on rebels growing older, but it's a better film, more like John Sayles' "Return of the Seacaucus Seven" because it is specific in its subcultural references, and knowing and sympathetic to its characters, even as it critiques their facile attempts at self-justification. Highly recommended.