The Fall of the American Empire

New York Times Critics' Pick
127 mins.
Directed by Denys Arcand
R
French with subtitles
2019

Pierre-Paul Daoust, 36, an intellectual with a PhD in philosophy, is forced to work as a deliveryman to afford a decent living. One day, while delivering a parcel, he gets caught in a hold up gone terribly wrong: two dead and millions in money bags laying on the ground. Pierre-Paul is confronted with a dilemma: leave empty handed, or take the money and run?

This new Denys Arcand film takes a witty yet touching look at, as only Arcand knows how, the predominance of money in a society where all other values seem to have crumbled.


"With its galloping pace and strange criminal bedfellows, this funny and engrossing film sometimes feels like the droll capers of the Ealing studio (maker of THE LAVENDER HILL MOB among other small classics). But Arcand packs in a lot of pointed social and political commentary." Glenn Kenny. A New York Times Critic's Pick!