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A touching and sensitive voyage of self-discovery
on 3 September 2004
This, unlike the title suggests, is a deep and moving film following the last few weeks in the life of our terminally ill, womanising hero, Remy.
The story centres around Remy as he spends time with his old friends and mistresses, as well as getting to know for the first time his estranged son. Remy is struggling with the fact that he knows he has reached the end of his life, and still feels like he hasn't learned or accomplished anything.
However, after many scenes of fascinating reminiscing and discussion, Remy comes to realise what his, and everyone else's life is really worth.
I found this film extremely moving as well as interesting. The 'barbarian invasions' of the title seem to refer only to the invasions of the modern world, be it his son, the capitalist, the drug dealers now invading the city, or the terrorists we see on the news who are now bringing an end to the way of life enjoyed by Remy's generation.
This is one of those films where not a lot actually happens, so if you're a die hard action fan, this isn't for you. In fact, the only reason this doesn't merit 5 stars (so close) is because it can, at some infrequent points, seem a bit academic. But for everyone who can appreciate brilliant dialogue and outstanding directing and acting, I'm sure you will find something to love about this film.