Denys Arcand is Quebec’s top director…he’s made some of my favourite films, including Jésus de Montréal, as well as Le Déclin de L’Empire Américain and this year Les Invasions Barbares is the closing gala at the Atlantic Film Festival. It kicked off a festival run at Cannes where Marie-Josée Croze won best actress.
I loved the film…I enjoyed it more than the original Déclin as the new film happens within a different context in a different world. While the characters are similar, the introduction of the children of the characters provides new opportunities to explore contemporary Québecois culture and social issues. It’s very intellectual, but I found it surprisingly moving. The film moved along smoothly and then it was over… it didn’t feel as long as it should and I’ll definitely see it again. It’s playing Friday night as the closing gala at the Atlantic Film Festival.