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The Barbarian Invasions

The Barbarian Invasions

2003
Comedy
Drama
1h 39m
Denys Arcand revisits the situations and relationships that informed his international breakthrough "The Decline of the American Empire." Set 17 years after Decline, this film, like its predecessor, examines the varying politics - economic, personal and sexual - at play among a group of friends, lovers and ex-spouses.
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The Barbarian Invasions

2003
Comedy
Drama
1h 39m
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Avg Percentile 61.29% from 968 total ratings

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Rated 25 Mar 2007
96
97th
One of the most emotionally involving films I've ever seen, moreso because it's not trying to beat its underlying tragedy over your head. Wonderful, flawed, realistic characters.
Rated 20 Jul 2008
35
5th
The kind of intellectual bullshit I hope I'll never dig.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
40
28th
Left me feeling really cold. Not sure if I agree with the politics here at all, which seem really Eurocentric and almost racist.
Rated 24 May 2020
93
88th
When "ailing patriarch" fodder is approached with wit, class and sophistication - Arcand's meditation on the end of life, as Girard comes to grip with his family and his life choices is a moving and enveloping experience, helped by an unnerringly great supporting cast who provide intriguing cameos of characters who you each feel could sustain their own narrative! Blessedly never piles on mawkish sentiment and even provides a clear-eyed (if idealised) view of the end-of-life process.
Rated 20 Dec 2013
81
58th
A moving and heart-felt film from director Denys Arcand.
Rated 14 Jan 2010
59
11th
Better than Decline in that the look at life, death and strained relationships is well done, if underdeveloped, and provides a compelling narrative. The social commentary is still a disaster, unable to really explore anything and muddling criticisms, with a heavy handedness that actually makes it easier to dismiss because it's so ineffective and scattershot. Rich guy buys everything, liberal system is complicit, corruption abounds. It's a useless background to a possibly interesting human drama.
Rated 20 Jul 2013
63
85th
A celebration of life. Well done!
Rated 16 Sep 2014
4
18th
Maybe my review for this movie will change over time. Maybe the plot will go the direction I was hoping it would go as I watched it. Maybe I won't feel like a clueless dolt listening to a bunch of people talking about things I had no idea about. Maybe you'll watch this movie, maybe you'll like it, maybe not.
Rated 07 Mar 2020
58
9th
Witty and clever script, acting was pale
Rated 14 Aug 2007
95
97th
see this movie.
Rated 02 Jun 2007
80
68th
I didn't get the memo that this is a sequel of sorts to _The Decline of the American Empire_. I liked it anyway. That says something, I believe
Rated 23 Mar 2014
83
75th
83.000
Rated 05 Apr 2007
87
98th
Perfect sequel to Decline of A.E. Nearly 20 years have passed, people have changed, their choices are given new meaning as their past affections had came to different conclusions. Arcand is a gifted director, he rarely is stuck on one aspect of a situation and willing to explore the possibilities.
Rated 24 Nov 2011
20
1st
Funnier than the first, this one might be sometimes too politically concerned, but it's filled with some intelligent social commentary about post-11/9 western society.
Rated 05 Nov 2011
71
50th
Baba-ogul, ölümcül hastalik, Quecbec, Fransiz, Kanada, Uyusturucu, ötenazi, sehvet, sosyalizm-kapitalizm (Hayatini kadinlarin pesinde geciren capkin baba ölümcül bir hastaliga yakalanir, annesinin ricasiyla babasini ziyarete gelen oglu babasini durumuyla ilgilenmeye baslar. Baba bir sosyalisttir. Oglu ise kapitalist sisteme hizmet eden bir ekonomisttir. Oglu babasi icin sahte bir mutluluk yaratacaktir. ) İzlenmeyi hak ediyor ama gereksiz ayrintilar var. fena film degil.
Rated 03 Jul 2022
50
6th
Maybe I needed to see what hiis is a sequel to because I don't think it works on its own.
Rated 07 Jan 2010
88
95th
Saddening, but never melodramatic. Both an ode to living life to the fullest and the pain of having to give it up 'unfinished'.
Rated 24 Dec 2006
20
5th
Just a bunch of canadians doing nothing
Rated 11 Aug 2007
75
53rd
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Rated 07 Feb 2011
10
9th
"Privileged audiences that swooned for Decline of the American Empire should expect more of the same oh-so-witty jibber-jabber and specious political "noise" exchanged between Arcand's motley intellectuals." - Ed Gonzalez
Rated 21 Apr 2014
80
0th
2x
Rated 13 Dec 2011
86
91st
This is an excellent film which is very well made by the director Denys Arcand. The cast is excellent and the script if full of many funny and dramatic moments. The story is not predictable it shows the importance of family and friends.
Rated 29 Nov 2010
20
44th
It may be that this highbrow weepie -- the accelerated sunset of a self-described "sensual socialist," who bears a striking resemblance to Lon Chaney, Jr. -- is as smart and sophisticated as advertised, but surely not cinematically. Even theatrically or literarily, the smartness and sophistication are apt to register as a bit precious, a bit unctuous, a bit ostentatious.
Rated 02 Jan 2011
83
74th
82.500
Rated 04 Jan 2021
90
88th
Probably one needs to watch "The Decline of the American Empire" first, to understand this movie better. Movie somewhat teaches to enjoy life.
Rated 25 Apr 2017
60
69th
Enjoyable academic chit chat by a dying man and his friends.

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