Thursday, Dec. 18, 2003

The Barbarian Invasions

In Montreal, cranky, priapic Remy is dying before his time. His rich, estranged son arrives from London and coldly starts buying his father a smooth exit from life. Rounding up the old boy's past friends and lovers, they both begin to see his life and their relationship in a new and more forgiving light. Writer-director Denis Arcand plays down the sentiment, plays up the ironies and emerges with a lovely, acceptant meditation on the end game we all must play.