Friday, January 23, 2004

Third Time's The Charm: "Barbarian Invasions"

I finally saw the excellent film Barbarian Invasions this afternoon at Historic AMC Empire 25 near Times Square.

You'll recall that yesterday I twice bought tickets to see this and then blew it off to play with my new scanner!

By turns funny, touching, and reflective, this film about a French-Canadian professor and leftist who's dying of cancer is never dull. Particularly great is the professor's earnest but ultimately sweet yuppie son, played beautifully by the beautiful Stephane Rousseau.

I love foreign films - no cliches, no predictable plot events, no manipulative music.

The film also illustrates the pitfalls of Canada's much-touted public health system and its social services beaurocracy. Throughly fascinating.

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