The Decline of the American Empire

The Decline of the American Empire (Denys Arcand, 1986) aka Le declin de l'empire américaine; Dominique Michel, Dorothée Berryman, Louise Portal

Sexual revelations emerge when a group of academics and their partners spend a weekend at a country retreat.

I should say that I watched The Decline of the American Empire unfortunately after The Barbarian Invasions (2003), as it is something of a sequel to the earlier film. I find the later film deeply moving, so making the earlier seem more superficial and trivial.

Update. I watched this again. It's like a play unsuccessfully translated to the screen: there's nothing whatsoever natural or plausible about it - just a cast of characters talking endlessly about sex. Apparently Stratton David thinks it's on a par with sliced bread. I think it's more like porridge. And I don't like porridge.

Garry Gillard | reviews | New: 20 March, 2017 | Now: 29 April, 2020