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Decline of the American Empire (The)

Country: Canada, Language: French | English, 101 mins

Original Title

Le Déclin de L'empire Américain
  • Director: Denys Arcand
  • Writer: Denys Arcand
  • Producer: Roger Frappier; Pierre Gendron

CGiii Comment

Heterosexual versus homosexual philosophy - the former comes out as the most deceitful.

A verbose study of vile middle-aged, middle-class f**king friends - the men are particularly vile.

Spellbindingly performed poison - humanity has never been this truthful or foul-tasting.

Great acerbic work.


The(ir) Blurb...

Four very different Montreal university teachers gather at a rambling country house to prepare a dinner. Remy (married), Claude (a homosexual), Pierre (involved with a girlfriend) and Alain (a bachelor) discuss sex, the female body and their affairs with them. Meanwhile, their four female guests, Louise (Remy's wife of 15 years), Dominique (a spinster), Diane (a divorcée) and Danielle (Pierre's girlfriend) are spending the time at a downtown health gym. They also discuss sex, the female body and, naturally, men. Later in the evening, they finally meet at the country house and have dinner. The discussion? Well, you can guess it... However, a ninth guest, named Mario, who used to know Diane, drops in on the group for some talk and has a surprise of his own.

Cast & Characters

Dominique Michel as Dominique;
Dorothee Berryman as Louise;
Louise Portal as Diane;
Pierre Curzi as Pierre;
Remy Girard as Remy;
Yves Jacques as Claude;
Genevieve Rioux as Danielle;
Daniel Briere as Alain;
Gabriel Arcand as Mario

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