COMEDY / CANADA / 2018 / 128 MINS / MA15+
Québécois filmmaker Denys Arcand (Jesus of Montreal, the Oscar-winning The Barbarian Invasions) has made a celebrated career out of creating politically provocative films. Steeped in dry humour and laden with satire, The Fall of the American Empire demonstrates that the veteran writer-director is still performing at the top of his game.
Described by Hollywood Reporter as “Pretty Woman for socialists”, the film follows Pierre-Paul (Alexandre Landry) – a listless loser with a PhD in Philosophy who feels his job as a delivery driver is well below him. His mundane life is turned upside down when, by luck, he finds himself saddled with a princely sum in stolen cash.
Enlisting the help of an ex-con with a finance degree, Sylvain, (frequent Arcand collaborator Rémy Girard) and a Racine-quoting callgirl, Aspasie (Canadian TV host Maripier Morin), Pierre-Paul considers what to do with the loot, as he tries to outmanoeuvre the heisters who want ‘their’ money back.
With this film, Arcand has come up with “a richly amusing rumination on the excesses and amorality of capitalism that plays like an ingeniously contrived mashup of film noir melodrama and Ealing Studios comedy” (Variety). Expect a high-energy caper that packs a punch both comically and emotionally.
"A richly amusing rumination on the excesses and amorality of capitalism that plays like an ingeniously contrived mashup of film noir melodrama and Ealing Studios comedy."– Variety
DIRECTED BY: DENYS ARCAND
STARRING: Alexandre Landry, Maripier Morin, Maxim Roy, Rémy Girard, Vincent Leclerc