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Running Time:
112 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for language, sexual dialogue and drug content .

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
Winner of the Academy Award for best foreign film, this is a brilliant, marvelously humane film, that's also funny, heartwarming and completely enjoyable.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: "'Inside The Barbarian Invasions" featurette.

The Barbarian Invasions
Denys Arcand, the writer/director of "The Decline of the American Empire," reunites the same characters (and actors) in Montreal 17 years after the release of the first film. Arcand uses the hospitalization and terminal condition of cancer-afflicted Remy (Remy Girard), a lecherous fiftysomething divorced university intellectual. His ex-wife (Dorothée Berryman) has to be very persuasive when she calls their son, Sebastien (Stephane Rousseau), a successful London-based financier who's been estranged from his father for years, and is his complete opposite, to come home to visit his terminally ill father. But on arrival, he wastes no time in moving his father to a better hospital room, rounding up his dad's old friends and ex-lovers, and even arranging for heroin, compliments of an old flame's addicted daughter (Marie-Josee Croze), to ease his pain. Girard's bedbound patient is bursting with life, humor and intellectual spark for much of the film as his hospital room becomes the crucible for nostalgia, reflection, discussion, argument, tears and laughter, Arcand moves the film along with brilliant pace, rhythm, pathos and wit. In his richly layered screenplay, he's been able include social comment, satire, intellectual prophecy and emotional catharsis. The chemistry among the entire ensemble sparkles but, above all, the performances of father and son are outstanding. There are no false, sentimental or maudlin moments. With Arcand's deft touch, Remy's illness and death become a celebration of life. The film won the 2003 Cannes awards for best screenplay (Arcand) and best actress (Marie-Josée Croze, "Ararat"). It deserves those awards and more.

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