Le déclin de l’empire américain (The Decline of the American Empire)

Director: Denys Arcand Year: 1986 Run Time: 101min
Le déclin de l'empire américain (The Decline of the American Empire) (1986)

In a country cottage beside the still waters of Lake Memphremagog in Quebec’s Eastern Townships, eight intellectuals share a night of frank discussion about life, love, sex and everything in between.

While the story is set in the world of academia, there’s nothing bookish or stuffy about the stories that emerge! Satirical and witty, Le déclin evolves from a comedy of manners to a poignant and moving exploration of relationship and loss.

Ranking twice in the Top 10 Canadian Films of All Time list (both the 1993 and 2004 lists), the film was nominated for an Academy Award and winner of nine Genie Awards.


Denys Arcand


Denys Arcand


Roger Frappier, René Malo


Pierre Curzi, Dorothée Berryman, Louise Portal, Rémy Girard, Gabriel Arcand


Comedy, Drama


French, Dubbed in English


EN Subtitles

Closed Captioning:

Dubbed in English


Le déclin de l'empire américain (The Decline of the American Empire) is filmed and set in Quebec. Denys Arcand is from Quebec.

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13+ Québec
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