Barbarian Invasions

A film by Denys Arcand


Rémy, divorced and in his early fifties, is hospitalized. His ex-wife, Louise, asks their son Sébastien to come home from London where he now lives. Sébastien hesitates; he and his father haven't had much to say to one another for years now. He relents, however, and flies to Montreal to help his mother and support his father. As soon as he arrives, Sébastien moves heaven and earth, brings his contacts into play and disrupts the system in every way possible to ease the ordeal that awaits Rémy. He also reunites the merry band that marked Rémy's past around his father's bedside: relatives, friends and former mistresses. What have they become in this age of "barbarian invasions"? Are the old irreverence, friendship and truculence still there? Do humor, hedonism and desire still inhabit their dreams? In the age of the barbarian invasions, the decline of the American empire continues...


Rémy: Rémy Girard
Sébastien: Stéphane Rousseau
Nathalie: Marie-Josée Croze
Gaëlle: Marina Hands
Louise: Dorothée Berryman
Sœur Constance: Johanne Marie Tremblay
Pierre: Pierre Curzi
Claude: Yves Jacques
Diane: Louise Portal
Dominique: Dominique Michel
First "lover": Sophie Lorain
Alessandro: Toni Cecchinato
Ghislaine: Mitsou Gélinas
Sylvaine: Isabelle Blais
Suzanne (nurse): Markita Boies
Carole (nurse): Micheline Lanctôt
Duhamel (roommate): Denis Bouchard
2nd "lover": Sylvie Drapeau
Union representative: Jean-Marc Parent
Maxime (doctor): Dominique Darceuil
Oleg: Yves Desgagnés
Leclerc: Gilles Pelletier
Doctor: Jean-René Ouellet
Mrs Joncas Pelletier: Lise Roy
Arielle: Macha Grenon
Guard: Gaston Lepage
Alain: Daniel Brière
Vincent: Sébastien Huberdeau
Gabrielle (student): Rose-Maïté Erkoreka
Levac: Roy Dupuis


Director - Screenwriter: Denys Arcand
Cinematography: Guy Dufaux
Editing: Isabelle Dedieu
Sound: Patrick Rousseau, Marie-Claude Gagné, Michel Descombes, Gavin Fernandes
Costumes: Denis Sperdouklis
Music: Pierre Aviat
Casting: Lucie Robitaille
Producers: Denise Robert, Daniel Louis
Co-producer: Fabienne Vonier
Production design: François Séguin

Production information

With the financial participation of: Téléfilm Canada Québec, Crédit d’impôt cinéma et télévision - Gestion SODEC, SODEC - Société de développement des entreprises culturelles - Québec, Radio-Canada Télévision ; Canada - Crédit d’impôt pour film ou vidéo canadien, Astra Media - Le Fonds Harold Greenberg Et de Canal +, French Ministry of Culture and Communication (Centre National de la Cinématographie) - France Cinémaginaire / Pyramide Productions

Technical information

Year of production : 2002
Length : 98 mn

Festivals and awards

Official Selection Cannes Film Festival 2003 - Competition : Best screenplay, Best actress (Marie-Josée Croze)
César 2004 : Best film, Best director, Best screenplay Oscar 2004 : Best Foreign Language Film