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L’ Âge des ténèbres

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108 minutes – Comedy
Release date: December 7, 2007
Canadian Distributor: Alliance Vivafilm

It would seem that Denys Arcand is having fun with us and having some fun himself. In a media release regarding funding in late 2006, Telefilm Canada described the film by writing, “The barbarian invasions have precipitated the decline of the empire and humanity has entered the dark ages,” which is the title of this film in English. This comedy-fantasy is set in a time where e-games and media images reign supreme. A civil servant, Jean-Marc Leblanc (Marc Labrèche, pictured above) leads a quiet, desperate life, regressing into a fantasy world while falling for Véronic Star (Diane Kruger), a beautiful movie actress. To emphasize the reality of media heroes, several famous people play themselves in this film, including the French actors, Thierry Ardisson and Laurent Baffie. Arcand says this is the third film in a triology formed by The Decline of the American Empire and The Barbarian Invasions. It was selected to be the closing film for the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.

Also see: Northernstars reviews L’ Âge des ténèbres.




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Crew:
Producer: Denise Robert
Daniel Louis
Co-Producer:

Dominique Besnehard
Philippe Carcassonne

Director:

Denys Arcand

Screenwriter:

Denys Arcand

Cinematographer:

Guy Dufaux

Editor:

Isabelle Dedieu

Composer:

Phillipe Miller

Production Designer:

François Séguin

Costume Designer:

Judy Jonker

Cast:Roles:

Marc Labrèche
Diane Kruger
Sylvie Léonard
Rufus Wainwright
Emma de Caunes
Macha Grenon
Caroline Néron
Pierre Curzi
Johanne-Marie Tremblay
André Robitaille
Rosalie Julien
Denys Arcand
Thierry Ardisson
Laurent Baffie
Paule Baillargeon
Eugénie Beaudry
Christian Bégin
Benoît Brière
Jean Antoine Charest
Violette Chauveau
Véronique Cloutier
René Richard Cyr
Evelyne de la Chenelière
Marie-Michèle Desrosiers
Karen Elkin
Danny Gilmore
Hugo Giroux
Natalie Hamel-Roy
Chantal Lacroix
Jacques Lavallée
Gaston Lepage
Elizabeth Lesieur
Didier Lucien
Pauline Martin
Kesnamelly Neff
Silvio Orvieto
Jean-René Ouellet
Gilles Pelletier
Bernard Pivot
Luc Proulx
Michel Rivard
Isabelle Roy
Rychard Thériault
Françoise Graton
Monia Chokri
Jean-Robert Bourdage
Lise Roy

Jean-Marc Leblanc
Véronica Star
Sylvie Cormier-LeBlanc
The Young Prince
Karine Tendance
Béatrice de Savoie
Carole Bigras-Bourque
Pierre
Constance Lazure
Gilles Sansregret
Laurence Métivier

Himself
Himself
Dame à la minerve
Furie No. 3
Motivateur par le rire
Médecin
Employé pompe funèbre
Dame au banquet
Line
Metteur en scène
Guylaine
Dame de choeur
Furie No. 2
Ecuyer du Prince noir No.1
Thorvald
Paule
Lucie
Romaric
Security Guard
Nicole Pâquet-Plourde
William Chérubin
Mme. Sigouin-Wong
Nancy Toupin
Monsieur Gallucio
Policeman / St-Bernard de Clairvaux
Raymond Leclerc
Himself
Man at the hospice
Priest
Louise
Albert Mondoux
Mrs. Leblanc
Aziza