Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The Barbarian Invasions (2003)

Cannes Film Festival 2003

Best Actress
Marie-Josée Croze
Best Screenplay
Denys Arcand
Palme d'Or
Denys Arcand

Directed by Denys Arcand
My rating: 2 stars out of 4

Friends and family of a dying man gather to make his final days as comfortable and pleasant as possible. Stuck in a run down Canadian hospital, his millionaire son pays to renovate an unused wing for a private room. His ex-wife and former lovers cheerfully recall their sexual past as if nobody was hurt. A young girl is paid to obtain heroin to ease his pain. Meanwhile he laughs, drinks wine and flirts with the nurse until the very end. This lead character is so self-absorbed and unlikable that I really did not care about his situation, and as a result the film fell flat for me.

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