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The Barbarian Invasions

It's difficult to blend political critique, philosophical discourse and treatises on the meaning of life without an end product that seems heavy-handed and pretentious; however, director Denys Arcand manages to do it smoothly. The terminal illness of Remy (Remy Girard), a hedonistic retired professor, brings the characters from Decline of the American Empire together once again as they reminisce about the good old days where you could have as many lovers as you wanted and the world was yours to deconstruct. Remy reconciles with his son and makes peace with the process of aging in this poignant farewell.