Alliance Francaise French Film Festival 2019 - One Night in Quebec, Canada | The Fall of the American Empire

MA15 128 mins

About the Event

Join us for this witty and sardonic thriller that looks deep into Quebec society. This special night is supported by the High Commission of Canada in Australia.

About the film 

Québécois filmmaker Denys Arcand (Jesus of Montreal, the Oscar-winning The Barbarian Invasions) has made a celebrated career out of creating politically provocative films. Steeped in dry humour and laden with satire, The Fall of the American Empire demonstrates that the veteran writer-director is still performing at the top of his game.
Described by Hollywood Reporter as “Pretty Woman for socialists”, the film follows Pierre-Paul (Alexandre Landry) – a listless loser with a PhD in Philosophy who feels his job as a delivery driver is well below him. His mundane life is turned upside down when, by luck, he finds himself saddled with a princely sum in stolen cash.
Enlisting the help of an ex-con with a finance degree, Sylvain, (frequent Arcand collaborator Rémy Girard) and a Racine-quoting callgirl, Aspasie (Canadian TV host Maripier Morin), Pierre-Paul considers what to do with the loot, as he tries to outmanoeuvre the heisters who want ‘their’ money back.
With this film, Arcand has come up with “a richly amusing rumination on the excesses and amorality of capitalism that plays like an ingeniously contrived mashup of film noir melodrama and Ealing Studios comedy” (Variety). Expect a high-energy caper that packs a punch both comically and emotionally.

English and French with English subtitles

Dates & Tickets

Date - Thursday 11 April

6.15pm Reception - includes a glass of wine on arrival and finger food

7.00pm - Film screening

$35 AF members

$40 Non-members


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