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The Fall of the American Empire(La chute de l'empire américain)

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Canada · 2018
Rated R · 2h 7m
Director Denys Arcand
Starring Alexandre Landry, Maripier Morin, Rémy Girard, Louis Morissette
Genre Comedy, Drama

When a truck driver stumbles upon two massive bags of cash, he decides to take the money for himself, but soon finds both the police and criminals who the money belongs to on his tail. To escape, he turns to a prostitute and former biker for help, but even they might not be able to save him.

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Screen International by Allan Hunter

Rather than attack his subject with bristling anger, Arcand approaches it with world-weary wit and the kind of warming optimism that might not appear out of place in a Frank Capra classic. The result is a little old-fashioned but also surprisingly endearing and feels like some of his best work in a while.


IndieWire by David Ehrlich

If Arcand’s worldview hasn’t changed, his angle continues to grow more acute. Where “The Decline of the American Empire” focused on social ills, and “The Barbarian Invasions” was preoccupied with ideology, The Fall of the American Empire finds the 77-year-old Canadian legend turning his attention to the greatest moral catastrophe of our time: money.


Variety by Joe Leydon

Arcand tries a little too hard at the very end to demonstrate his deep-down earnestness. But never mind: The performances across the board are everything they need to be, and the satirical thrusts are well aimed at the right targets.


The Hollywood Reporter by John DeFore

Fall is Pretty Woman for socialists, a Capital-conscious fairy tale in which a nice guy not only attempts a perfect crime but wins the heart of a prostitute hitherto moved only by American dollars.


The Globe and Mail (Toronto) by Kate Taylor

The core trio are smooth and amusing in their roles, but the larger plot is filled with painful stereotypes, from a tough female cop to various black gangsters. Meanwhile, as the sympathetic criminals try to outwit police, the social theme remains unfocused – despite heartfelt pleas for street people, especially the homeless Inuit of Montreal.

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