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The Decline of the American Empire [Special Edition]

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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Acclaimed Canadian director Denys Arcand's witty comedy focuses on the marriages and affairs of eight intellectual friends. 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, who teaches history at the local university, reveals that she herself has had affairs with two of the men there -- one of whom is married to Louise, also present. The entire evening turns into a disaster, with everyone at each other's throats. This Oscar-nominated Canadian film explores the subjects of marriage, infidelity and sex when a group of friendly intellectuals get together for a weekend in the country.
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  • Credits
    Dominique Michel, Dorothee Berryman, Louise Portal, Genevieve Rioux, Pierre Curzi, Remy Girard, Yves Jacques, Gabriel Arcand
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Entertainingly and successfully expresses itself through intelligent characters....Spontaneously funny and rueful..."
    New York Times

    "...Arcand deploys a smart script, fluent technique and a first-rate cast for this deviously sardonic comedy of carnal manners..."
    Variety

    "...Brilliant....The film is a triumph....All the jokes, the deft verbal by-play, the shining Handelian musical accompaniment, the immaculately flowing rhythm of the shots, are tied into a unifying vision -- one both funny and painful, lively and bleak..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "[T]he film offers a window into sexual politics of the day and moves at a fast enough clip to give it surface appeal."
    USA Today

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