Canada/France 2003


French with
English subtitles

Enhanced for widescreen TVs

Dolby Digital 5.1

99 minutes



Deleted Scenes

Denys Arcand interview

Theatrical Trailer

'The Decline of the American Empire' trailer

Cast & Crew filmographies

The Barbarian Invasions
The Film Director Credits Cast Press Quotes Images


'A black satire that’s to die for'
- Alexander Walker, THE EVENING STANDARD

'A magnificently smart and sensitive film'
- Chris Roberts, UNCUT

'Extraordinary... A masterpiece'
- Kevin O'Sullivan, DAILY MIRROR

'A full-bodied, funny and gloriously unpretentious ode to family, friendship and the meaning of life... solidly entertaining, sharply written and genuinely touching'
'Appealingly flawed characters and breezy pacing... confronts matters of life and death with irreverent wit and a tender eye'
- Lisa Nesselson, VARIETY

'A moving, intelligent movie that rarely strikes a false note'
- Akin Ojumu, THE OBSERVER

'Splashy, rude and playful...(a) comedy of bad manners'
'... Few films matched the profound and draining power'
- James Christopher, THE TIMES

'Arcand conjures a moving comedy of ideas... the film looks back at leftist intellectual history since the 1960s with rare warmth and self-deprecation... will be this year’s big, grown-up arthouse hit and rightly so'
- Mark Cousins, SIGHT & SOUND

'Director Denys Arcand moves you to laughter and tears'
'Remy Girard gives a hilarious performance'
'... Takes uproarious aim at targets from health care and Catholicism to the terrors of history... It’s a feast of smart, sexy, glorious talk. The Oscar for best foreign film belongs right here'
- Peter Travers, ROLLING STONE

'Moving, Arcand’s double Cannes winner balances its thematic and character concerns perfectly'
'Consummately crafted, this sparkling French-Canadian dramady will have you have chuckling and choked-up. Never maudlin, always engaging... overflowing with life'
- Matthew Leyland, TOTAL FILM

'Erudite, intelligent and entertaining'
- Geoff Andrew, TIME OUT

'Joyously original... a terrific script... a delightful, literate, rueful film that engages the emotions as well as the brain'.

' The fine acting and script (one of the best of the year so far) transform it into something dazzling. Exquisitely humane, French and comedic'

'Thought-provoking, shocking and laugh-aloud funny'
- Stephen Dalton, THE TIMES

'A bleak, funny film about death, decay and change'
'(The movie is) intelligent... brutally funny and ironic about the way this corrupt world is manipulated'
- Philip French, THE OBSERVER

'witty, surprising and poignant'

'Denys Arcand’s articulate elegy for 1960s radicalism in French Canada is… The year’s most interesting Oscar winner, justly named best foreign film of the year'
- Philip French - THE OBSERVER