The Barbarian Invasions

The Barbarian Invasions (2003)

A comedy about sex, friendship, and all other things that invade our lives.

  • Genre: Comedy, Drama
  • Release Date: 2003-09-24
  • User Rating: 7.0/10 from 359 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 39min
  • Language: Français
  • Production Company: Astral Films
  • Production Country: Canada, France
  • Director: Denys Arcand
star 7.1/10
From 359 Ratings


In this belated sequel to 'The Decline of the American Empire', middle-aged Montreal college professor, Remy, learns that he is dying of liver cancer. His ex-wife, Louise, asks their estranged son, Sebastian, a successful businessman living in London, to come home. Sebastian makes the impossible happen, using his contacts and disrupting the Canadian healthcare system in every way possible to help his father fight his terminal illness to the bitter end, while reuniting some of Remy's old friends, including Pierre, Alain, Dominique, Diane, and Claude, who return to see their friend before he passes on.

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  • Rémy Girard

    as Rémy
  • Stéphane Rousseau

    as Sébastien
  • Marie-Josée Croze

    as Nathalie
  • Dorothée Berryman

    as Louise
  • Louise Portal

    as Diane
  • Dominique Michel

    as Dominique
  • Pierre Curzi

    as Pierre
  • Yves Jacques

    as Claude
  • Marina Hands

    as Gaëlle
  • Sophie Lorain

    as First Lover
  • Johanne-Marie Tremblay

    as Sister Constance Lazure
  • Mitsou Gélinas

    as Ghislaine
  • Isabelle Blais

    as Sylvaine
  • Markita Boies

    as Nurse Suzanne
  • Micheline Lanctôt

    as Nurse Carole
  • Denis Bouchard

    as Duhamel
  • Sylvie Drapeau

    as Second Lover
  • Dominic Darceuil

    as Maxime
  • Yves Desgagnés

    as Olivier
  • Gilles Pelletier

    as Priest Raymond Leclerc
  • Jean-René Ouellet

    as Dr. Dubé
  • Macha Grenon

    as Arielle
  • Gaston Lepage

    as Security Guard
  • Daniel Brière

    as Alain Lussier
  • Sébastien Huberdeau

    as Vincent
  • Rose-Maïté Erkoreka

    as Student
  • Roy Dupuis

    as Gilles Levac
  • Sébastien Ricard

    as Jérôme
  • Bonnie Mak

    as Nurse
  • Frédéric Gilles

    as Cowboy
  • Denys Arcand

    as Unionist (uncredited)
  • David Gow

    as (uncredited)
  • Dawn Lambing

    as (uncredited)
  • Valérie Jeanneret

    as (uncredited)
  • Valérie Wiseman

    as (uncredited)
  • François Domerc

    as (uncredited)
  • Julie Beauchemin

    as (uncredited)
  • Fanny Mallette

    as (uncredited)
  • Lise Roy

    as Mme. Joncas-Pelletier
  • Toni Cecchinato

    as Alessandro
Writing Denys Arcand Screenplay
Editing Isabelle Dedieu Editor
Sound Pierre Aviat Original Music Composer
Camera Guy Dufaux Director of Photography
Production Daniel Louis Producer
Production Denise Robert Producer
Directing Denys Arcand Director
Crew Chris Evert Thanks
Production Fabienne Vonier Co-Producer
Visual Effects Guillaume Murray Special Effects Supervisor
Art Caroline Alder Art Direction
Costume & Make-Up Betty Belmore Makeup Artist
Crew Stéphane Lefebvre Stunts
Directing Marie La Haye Script Supervisor
Crew Patrick Roy Thanks
Editing Trent Johnson Color Timer
Costume & Make-Up Denis Sperdouklis Costume Design
Production Nicolas Ronchi Casting
Production Lucie Robitaille Casting
Production Bruno Rosato Casting
Crew Georges Jardon Post Production Supervisor
Art François Séguin Production Design
Production Hélène Grimard Production Manager
Crew Françoise Hardy Thanks
Sound François Domerc Boom Operator
Art Patrice Bengle Set Decoration
Visual Effects Mario Rachiele Visual Effects Producer
Camera François Daignault Steadicam Operator
Directing Jacques W. Benoit Assistant Director
Sound Arvo Pärt Additional Soundtrack