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The Decline of the American Empire (French
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 Le Déclin de l'empire américain) is a 1986 Québécois
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 comedy
Comedy film
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/drama film
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 directed by Denys Arcand
Denys Arcand
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. It was followed by a sequel
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, The Barbarian Invasions in 2003.

Synopsis


Eight intellectual friends - four men and four women from the Department of History at the Université de Montréal
Université de Montréal
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 - prepare to have dinner together. The ensuing conversations range from their professional lives to politics, but primarily concern their sexual exploits. The group has plans to gather at a secluded house for dinner. While the four men prepare the food and reflect on their promiscuity, the four women discuss their own affairs at a nearby gym. At the dinner table, conflicts soon arise when Dominique reveals that she herself has had affairs with two of the men there, one of whom is married to Louise (also present).

Awards


The film won 9 Genie Awards in 1987, including Best Motion Picture, Best Achievement in Direction, Best Original Screenplay, Best Achievement in Film Editing, and the Golden Reel Award. It also received the International Critic's Prize at the Cannes Film Festival
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.

In 2004, the film was honoured as a MasterWork by the Audio-Visual Preservation Trust of Canada
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.

The film was nominated for the 1986 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Cast

  • Rémy Girard
    Rémy Girard
    Rémy Girard is a Canadian actor and former television host from Quebec.-Acting career:He played the role of Rémy, the main character, who is dying of terminal cancer, in the Canadian film Les Invasions barbares by director Denys Arcand. This film was awarded the 2003 Academy Award for best...

     as Rémy
  • Dominique Michel
    Dominique Michel
    Dominique Michel, OC, CQ is a Quebec comedian, actress, singer and artist.- Biography :...

     as Dominique
  • Dorothée Berryman
    Dorothée Berryman
    Dorothée Berryman is a noted Canadian actress and singer.- Biography :Born in Quebec City, Quebec, she has played roles in many stage productions, films, and television series including The Red Violin, Rivière-des-Jérémie, Le Déclin de l'empire américain, Les Invasions barbares, Scanners II: The...

     as Louise
  • Louise Portal
    Louise Portal
    Louise Portal is a Canadian actress, film director, singer and writer. She won the Genie Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film The Decline of the American Empire, and was a nominee for Best Actress for Sous-sol.Her other film roles have included Séraphin: un homme et son...

     as Diane
  • Pierre Curzi
    Pierre Curzi
    Pierre Curzi is an actor, screenwriter and politician in Quebec, Canada. He is the Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for the riding of Borduas in the Montérégie region south of Montreal...

     as Pierre
  • Yves Jacques
    Yves Jacques
    Yves Jacques is a Québécois actor.- Biography :Since 2001, he has toured the world in two shows by Robert Lepage, La face cachée de la lune and Le Projet Andersen, where he played all the roles....

     as Claude
  • Geneviève Rioux as Danielle
  • Daniel Brière as Alain
  • Gabriel Arcand
    Gabriel Arcand
    Gabriel Arcand is a Canadian actor. He is the brother of film director Denys Arcand.He won the Genie Award for Best Actor at the 6th Genie Awards in 1985, for his performance in Le Crime d'Ovide Plouffe....

    as Mario

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