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The Fall of the American Empire

Director Denys Arcand
Country Canada
Year 2018
Rating 14A
Running Time 127
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Pierre-Paul is a thirty-something courier with a PHD in philosophy and a huge student debt. When Pierre-Paul's deliveries put him in the middle of a botched robbery, he has a new problem - how to safely spend his new, but illegal wealth. As with his earlier films, The Decline of the American Empire and Barbarian Invasions, writer/director Denis Arcand uses this humourous plot to expose a world where homelessness and food banks abound, intelligence and honesty are sneered at, and greed, selfishness and corporate malfeasance are rewarded. Oh, M Arcand, it's so good to see your sharply-barbed political humour back onscreen again. Rémy Girard (as usual) almost upstages a fine ensemble cast. Recommended. In French and English with subtitles.