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The Barbarian Invasions

Les invasions barbares

Directed by Denys Arcand
Canada, France, 2003
Comedy, Drama, Romance


In this witty tragicomedy, 50-something Montreal college professor Remy learns that he is dying of liver cancer. During his final days, he is reunited with old friends, former lovers, his ex-wife, and his son, as they reflect on their exploits and political ideals.

Our take

The first Canadian film to win Academy Award for Best Foreign Language film, this Québécois hit is both beautifully observant and politically attuned, a skillful balance of comedy and drama. Starring Marie-Josée Croze, who won the Best Actress prize at Cannes for her intense, tenacious performance.

The Barbarian Invasions Directed by Denys Arcand

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2003 | 2 wins including: Best Actress

Academy Awards

2004 | Winner: Best Foreign Language Film

2004 | Nominee: Best Writing, Original Screenplay

Toronto International Film Festival

2003 | Winner: Best Canadian Feature Film

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