Tuesday, February 16, 2016

742. The Decline of the American Empire

The Decline of the American Empire
Directed by Denys Arcand

Who doesn't want to watch a group of intellectuals talk about sex?  I certainly can't get enough of it, as I have watched all of the episodes of Sex and The City many times.  Perhaps I shouldn't admit that.

Four Montreal professors gather at a country house for a weekend.  Remy is married, Claude is a homosexual, Pierre has a girlfriend, and Alain is a confirmed bachelor.  They bring along four female guests.  Louise is Remy's wife, Dominique is a confirmed bachelorette (I refuse to call unmarried women spinsters when men get to be called bachelors), Danielle is Pierre's girlfriend, and Diane is divorced.  Surely that covers enough categories that everyone can find one to identify with.  Anyway, the women talk about sex together and the men talk about sex together then they all talk about sex together.

Anyone who is a fan of dialogue driven movies will absolutely love this. These people talk about sex like they have such control over their emotions when they really are completely clueless about the people around them.  It's fun watching intellectuals flounder in the face of real passion, that's why I can't stop reading Victorian romance novels.

RATING: ****-

Interesting Facts:

Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film.


  1. No Amanda, please do not admit to having seen 'Sex in the City'. I did go through a phase where I watched it, with a dreadful fascination until I came to dislike all the characters, with a special loathing and extra circle of hell for the utterly hateful air headed wealth, fashion & clothes obsessed Carrie. So I'd never admit in words to knowing anything about the programme at all.
    But a talky .. sorry .. "dialogue driven movie" with sex .. I mean .... we are all confirmed Woody Allan fans here ..

    1. I also watch it with dreadful fascination, as I encounter many of the weird males they have in the show in real life! But I can't defend the women, especially since they use such bad puns.