Les invasions barbares

The barbarian invasions

DVD - 2004 - French
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Les invasions barbares
It's not easy for a narrow-minded professor to reconcile with his equally stubborn son. But soon, father and son find themselves gathering with their wide and colorful circle of family and friends to confrom their differences, confess their secrets, and celebrate life.

Publisher: [United States] : Miramax Home Entertainment ; Burbank, Calif. : Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, [2004]
Edition: Widescreen
ISBN: 0788854666
Branch Call Number: Fre DVD 792.9 I
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (99 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternate Title: Barbarian invasions


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Apr 14, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: A man goes into heroin withdrawal. Scene of euthanasia.

Apr 14, 2012

Sexual Content: A man, his mistresses, and his friends discuss previous sexual encounters.

Apr 14, 2012

Coarse Language: Some minor swearing and sexual talk.

Nov 07, 2010
  • étoile rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.


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Dec 24, 2012
  • voisjoe1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A French intellectual is diagnosed with a terminal illness and his son takes off his high finance job to spend time with his father. The son has all of the father’s spend the last weeks where they all reminisce about their past victories and defeats (intellectual and sexual). If you are not a fan of cerebral French movies, this is not for you. This won the Oscar for the best foreign film and won the Cannes awards for best actress and best screenplay. The director, Denys Arcand, was nominated for the Cannes Palm d’Or. At times the dialog was very dense, swift, and witty. While I enjoyed the humor, I am also sure that there was a lot that went over my head.

May 14, 2012
  • geomillar rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A brilliant film by Quebec's Denys Arcand, "Les Invasions Barbares" [The Barbarian Invasions] is an expertly scripted and beautifully directed masterpiece. Do yourself a favour and savour the nobility of a delightfully depraved man. Those with deep religious beliefs will hate it. Worth watching, n'est pas?

Nov 25, 2009
  • joseph rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Good - Les Invasion Barberes “The Barbarian Invasions” (2003) [Foreign - French] 112 min. This DVD comes in two versions – the theatrical 99 minute version and the extended 112 minute version. This review is based on the extended viewing. This film is a sequel to Denys Arcand’s “The Decline of the American Empire (1986)” also available at OPL. It’s the story of a older man dying of an incurable disease and the coming together of all his friends and family as he approaches death. Though it sounds rather morbid, the film is actually enlightening through the rather explicit discussions from family relationships, sexuality, and the fate of the Native American. Though it plays out as a comedy, the film does have some sombre moments. Probably the funniest of the characters is the estranged mistress who appears early in the film to take out her frustrations at being dumped by the man dying in the hospital. The film won Best Foreign Picture at the 2004 Oscars and was nominated for best Original Screenplay. Trivia – this was the first sequel to win Best Foreign Picture.


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