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The Decline of the American Empire

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Original title
Le déclin de l'empire américain
Year
Running time
101 min.
Country
Canada Canada
Director
Screenwriter
Denys Arcand
Music
François Dompierre
Cinematography
Guy Dufaux
Cast
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Producer
Corporaton Image M, M / Malofilm
Genre
Comedy. Drama | Satire. Friendship. Ensemble Film
Synopsis / Plot
Four very different Montreal university teachers gather at a rambling country house to prepare a dinner. Remy (married), Claude (a homosexual), Pierre (involved with a girlfriend) and Alain (a bachelor) discuss sex, the female body and their affairs with them. Meanwhile, their four female guests, Louise (Remy's wife of 15 years), Dominique (a spinster), Diane (a divorcée) and Danielle (Pierre's girlfriend) are spending the time at a downtown health gym. They also discuss sex, the female body and, naturally, men. Later in the evening, they finally meet at the country house and have dinner. The discussion? Well, you can guess it... However, a ninth guest, named Mario, who used to know Diane, drops in on the group for some talk and has a surprise of his own.
Awards
1986: Nominated for Oscar: Best Foreign Language Picture
1986: Festival Toronto: Audience Award and Best Movie canadiense
1986: Cannes Film Festival: FIPRESCI
1986: New York Film Critics Circle: Best Foreign Language Film
1987: Genie Awards: Best Canadian Feature
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