فيلم La chute de l'empire américain

La chute de l'empire américain

La chute de l'empire américain is a movie starring Maxim Roy, Maripier Morin, and Éric Bruneau. A shy and insecure delivery truck driver accidentally arrives on the scene of a major crime and picks up two bags of cash and hide them....

Other Titles
Upadek amerykanskiego imperium, Triomphe de l'argent, Pad Američkog carstva, Der unverhoffte Charme des Geldes, La caduta dell'impero americano, Nefilat Imperiat Ha'Kesef, Η Πτώση της Αμερικανικής Αυτοκρατορίας, A Queda do Império Americano, La caída del imperio americano, The Triumph of Money, The Fall of the American Empire, Az amerikai birodalom bukása
Running Time
2 hours 7 minutes
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Crime, Comedy
Denys Arcand
Denys Arcand
Maxim Roy, Éric Bruneau, Maripier Morin, Vincent Leclerc
Audio Languages
اللغة_العربية, English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
اللغة_العربية, 日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

With a Ph.D. in Philosophy in hand, Montréaler Pierre-Paul Daoust, from a working class background, is an intellectual who believes that being one only gets in the way of happiness, whether that be emotionally and/or financially. That's why he feels he's stuck in a dead end courier delivery job, and that's why he feels he couldn't make a go of a relationship with his last girlfriend, Linda Demers, or any woman in not knowing how to relate to them in a humanistic manner as opposed to intellectual manner. But that's also why he volunteers for a charity for the homeless. When making his usual deliveries, he stumbles onto a robbery gone wrong. Sensing an opportunity with one of the robbers and the security guard shot dead and the other robber having escaped to tend to his serious injuries before getting caught, Pierre-Paul, on impulse, decides to grab and abscond with the two large sports bags filled with what ends up being millions in cash before the police or anyone else arrives on the scene. The business robbed was acting as a front for money laundering by the Irish-Jewish West End Gang by Vladimir François, the head of his own gang. Not knowing what to do with the cash having only that mentality of an intellectual with some human needs, Pierre-Paul ends up making associations with two people who themselves fall on what would be the illegal side of the law. One is Sylvain Bigras - nicknamed the Brain - just released from prison as a money launderer for a biker gang. And two is a woman who goes by the professional name Aspasie, one of the most expensive and high end prostitutes in Montréal, she who he initially contacted in needing his sexual needs fulfilled by spending some of that cash, and who he only chose from her online profile with her professional name associated to the world of philosophy. Especially in falling for Aspasie, who leads a life of professionalism in her business, Pierre-Paul has no choice within his nature but to believe in human trust in dealing with his new new associates. But as the three of them try to figure out how best to deal with the money, they have to contend with the police - Detectives Pete La Bauve and Carla McDuff leading the investigation - who suspect what Pierre-Paul has done with La Bauve in particular needing to show his own superiority in the matter in feeling let down in his own position in life, and the West End Gang and Vladimir, who will do whatever it takes to get their money back as can be witnessed by what they do to young Jacmel Rosabert, the robber who was able to get away and who was only hired to do the job in the first place.

Comments about crime «La chute de l'empire américain» (23)

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There's an image of the founder of the EM.AM empire on the cover of this film, with his fist raised in a sign of triumph. For what it's worth, I have to disagree with the image. I think the man was a sad man. I think that the image was a caricature, a performance of his vanity. And that he was doing it to his own people, to the men he claimed to be building the empire for. And he was trying to humiliate them, to make them look like idiots. I don't know what he was really trying to do, but I think it was to humiliate them and to convince them that they were idiots. And I think that the EM.AM was a failure. It was really only a movie, a comedy, with a character in the head of a successful filmmaker. All of his films are comedies, and they are all failures. The more interesting film to me was "Les Amants D'Apocalypse" (The Ambitious Dreamers), a film which is just a simple story, with very simple lines, a young man who doesn't have a job and who goes to the country to find work. That's all I have to say about the EM.AM. And the actors are all very good, even the young actors. It's a very ambitious and spectacular film, not very funny, very serious. But it's not an easy film to watch. And I think that the EM.AM. is really a failed movie. 7/10

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Nicole B.

You know I hate the movie version of this French classic. So I'm not going to spoil anything here, but it's no wonder there are some very strong mixed reviews for this one. In fact, it's not even clear if it's supposed to be a remake or a remake of the original. It's both, and it's both well-made and well-acted. It's a very weird movie, in which it's essentially the story of a desperate guy who finds out that his father was a CIA agent, a plot by which he comes to realize that his true father was himself a CIA agent, and that he really loved his father and wanted him dead. At first he doesn't know what to make of the situation, but eventually he does, and tries to get away from the past in a way that his father never did. That's what is really interesting about the movie, and this is the real point of the story. It's not really about the CIA or politics or anything else like that, and it's a really bizarre movie. But it's also a really good movie. It's very well-acted, and is mostly one of those rare movies where everything works, and there's never a dull moment. It has a great score, an interesting story, great performances, and it's very entertaining and enjoyable. I definitely recommend it.

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Amelie and Nino are two prisoners of the highest state-of-the-art prison in France. Their good behaviour is no longer tolerated in prison because they are the only women in the whole prison. They are bitter and they are cruel. Amelie is supposed to help Nino to reintegrate into society, but she is constantly being seduced by the guards. The humiliation and humiliation for women in prison are not new and are a constant theme in the French films, with the exception of what is happening in this film. Amelie and Nino are not real women, but are highly socialized and brainwashed victims of the male system. This is not a new theme, but it is the theme in this film. If you want to see an honest and unique film, see "Juliette," by Claude Chabrol. There is a similar film that I would recommend to see, "Sexy Beast," by Claude Chabrol and Jean Rollin. That is the classic French film with a message that goes well with the story.

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Scott R.

Nice movie. It has its moments, and when the film is done, I think, and its very interesting. The story is not that original, but it has the feeling of being a movie that you can not forget. As I was saying, it has some flaws. The movie should have had a bit more depth. There is a scene that has a lot of comedy, and it is so funny, that I wanted to jump. But the movie does not have that happy ending. The comedy is not that great, but the same. I think, the movie could have been longer, and I would have liked the conclusion a bit more. The acting is not that great, but is fine. If you like the characters, I think it is worth seeing. Otherwise, I think you should watch it, but you might not like it as much as I did.

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Marcelo (Bertrand Tavernier) is a poor security guard who lives with his mother in a country estate with a library full of books. His father died when he was a child, leaving Marcello alone. He is a very shy and introverted man, and is mostly quiet and doesn't speak much. He works on the estate as a personal assistant to the so-called patriarch, an intelligent, highly cultured man who owns a restaurant, an art gallery and a golf course. He owns a number of luxury cars, and after marrying a wealthy, beautiful woman he wants to take the family's money. Marcello decides to go to France to see if he can get the money to his father. He doesn't say much, but is a very good listener, so he tells the patriarch everything he wants. He explains his mother's illness, his father's absence and how they just never talk. The patriarch eventually agrees, but only if he can pay the debts. Marcello does go to Paris to meet the patriarch, and goes to a little house where the patriarch lives with his mistress. There he meets a young woman he fell in love with in the past, but didn't tell anyone. It turns out he didn't tell his wife. The young woman is very beautiful, but very ill. He convinces the patriarch to let her stay with him, and the entire time he is having sex with her, he speaks very little. The two of them have lots of sex, but Marcello doesn't feel comfortable and avoids intimacy. The patriarch's mistress tells him she wants to leave her mistress. The two of them have an affair, but the young woman feels her lover is still missing something and is giving into her mother's illness. When she dies, the two of them split up, and Marcello is left alone, and not very happy. This film is set in France, and is not very French. But it has many of the best things about France: cafes, delicacies, people, and the wonderful countryside. It is about a father who is in a hurry, and wants his sons to be like him. When he is unable to achieve that, he just leaves them alone. The patriarch has a sort of Marxist idea, and the two of them must come to a conclusion about what is right and what is wrong. This film is more like a comedy than a drama. It is good, but not as good as many of the other films on this list. The film is definitely better than some of the great French films on this list.

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Alice B.

French cinema of the early 80s had a lot to be proud of. Well, I am here to tell you that most of that pride has been lost. Most of what I am about to say has to do with the lukewarm reception the film received here in France, although this is a film which clearly owes its success to the genius of the director. Jean-Pierre Jeunet's stylish style is at the very least an asset to the film, but this film is just too long for its own good. At two and a half hours, it is not even the best film of the year. The film does have a lot of humour, which is good and especially so when juxtaposed with the action, but it is pretty much all for nothing. There are moments when the movie is funny, but mostly it is just in the wrong way. There is also the problem of the dialogue. It is in French, so you may have trouble following if you are not able to understand French. And of course there is a lot of the Spanish dialect. So in summary, if you are a fan of the French cinema, you might want to check out "The General's Daughter". It may not be a perfect film, but it is still a very good movie.

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Brandon Medina

As far as I know, no one ever quite gave a 9 on this one. Not because it was too long, but because it was too short. If you were to sum up the film by saying "its funny, and it's full of offensiveness" you would be right. This is a film that is as much a spectacle of a sub-genre as it is an art film, and for that reason, it works wonders. If you are a fan of Poussin, a fan of Fellini or of the Coen brothers, you will love this film. If you have any interest in intelligent comedy, and want to see a film that is not as much about a story as it is about a character, you will probably be disappointed. In summary: 7/10.

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Joyce Davis

This movie is a masterpiece of comedy, it is absolutely hilarious. I saw it in the theater, I have never laughed so hard, I have never laughed so hard at a movie before. Alain Delon, Gerard Depardieu and the amazing Jean Reno are all in top form. Also I love the movie because it is not about the assassin as one would think. It is not a spy movie, it is a comedy. What is the relationship between the two brothers, how can they feel their love for each other? And why does Depardieu's character think that the man in the mirror is his father? Another great thing is that there is a lot of humour in this movie. It has a good story, great acting, wonderful comedy. And also the music is fantastic, Gerard Depardieu's musical score is really great. I recommend you see this movie, it is a must have.

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Peter Ferguson

This film is pretty much the opposite of what you would expect. At first, I thought I would find this movie boring and tedious. I was wrong. The film is very funny and has an extremely good cast. There are some very unique characters who I feel I would watch again, if given the chance. I really enjoyed this movie. It is far from being a typical comedy but it is definitely something different and probably worth a look.

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Madison D.

The comedy "La chute de l'empire américain" (Black Empire), is a very well made movie. The movie deals with the post-WWII world. The Soviet Union is so gone. There is no more terror, people are happy, but as in the movie "Scary Movie" (2003), there is a single man, who lives with his dog in a Russian apartment, his wife (Uma Thurman) has a new boyfriend, and his neighbor (Simon Baker) is obsessed with his wife's new husband. When a man murders his neighbor, he throws the body into the canal. The movie has the same feeling as the movie "Blackadder" (1991), the Russian government, in its last days, passes an order to ban all religious groups and and they are put under surveillance. All the governments put secret service, who are from the secret service, to cover the country and everyone. This movie is highly recommended to watch.

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Being a huge fan of Louis Malle's works, I had high expectations for this movie. The movie follows a French communist, Felsic, as he is recruited to a group of "secret police" to destroy a big plot involving many high-ranking politicians. This is not really my favorite Malle movie. I found it to be overlong, with lots of plots and characters introduced, but nothing really stuck in your head. This is not to say that I didn't enjoy this movie. I did. The plot is very interesting and gives you plenty of time to think. However, once you've got the plot and characters figured out, the movie quickly becomes a comedy. I do have to say, though, that the comedy was actually very funny. I actually laughed at several scenes, and it was very funny. The director is a French actor, and I am not a big fan of French movies, so this is not really a genre that I'm very familiar with. This is a movie I will definitely watch again, and I will probably get a lot more out of it than I did before.

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Despite its technical merits and a decent plot, this film is muddled and shallow. At the beginning, the viewer may think that the filmmakers are going for the big-screen effect, and even a Hollywood musical number in the opening scene is to be expected. Unfortunately, the camera stays with the actors for the first half of the film, and we are left wondering when and where this film will turn its focus to. Of course, the cast is somewhat stiff in the beginning, but the screenplay is a sort of comedy. I don't think it's worth watching on a big screen, but if you can catch it on the tube, I guess it's not a bad way to spend a couple of hours.

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Peter S.

The spectacular Cannes and Oscar winning film, "Amadeus" is another example of how people will often tell you that film should be about a certain subject. "Amadeus" is about an artist, who in an attempt to make a film about the early days of the birth of a country, hires a chemist, whose scientific skills are often mistaken for genius. The story is based on a play by Mozart, and it shows how very different different the artistic taste of a classical piece of music can be. The film is based on the book, "Amadeus", by Eugene Ionesco. The film is about the life of the composer and his amazing career. The story is about the process of creation of a masterpiece, and how the real life of a composer is usually in contrast to what has been portrayed in the film. For example, when the doctor visits the studio, the doctor says, "You are not a doctor, you are a child." (Another interesting fact about this film is that it was written and directed by Bruno Delbonnel, a brilliant director who also adapted the book for the screen). This film is another example of how a film about a subject can be different. "Amadeus" is a good example of how different tastes can be, but also how a movie can be about a subject. The acting in the film is very good, and the directing is really excellent. It is probably the best film about a movie that has been produced in a long time. I recommend this film to any fan of classical music, or even film.

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The plot of this film is about two corrupt officials in France who are involved in a murder which happens to be the murder of a high ranking member of the French president. Two men join forces to uncover the true plot. The film is an entertaining one and well worth a look. It is a little hard to follow the plot and there are some parts of the film where you just want to fast forward to the end of it. It is definitely worth watching.

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I think this movie is more or less a metaphor about the nature of war. Both sides have motivations and thoughts and plans for the rest of the world that, at the end, seem so very much like good intentions. Some movies just don't fit into that category. The funny part of the movie is that the people that believe in those plans end up dying one by one, because they are just so stupid and stupid. It's a subtle, subtle satire on how the high-bills and the big-bills of life don't mix. Of course, most of the people that believe in the plans end up dead, but you never know which ones. I do recommend this movie for a time when you want to be amused but are stuck in a boring day and there's nothing better to do.

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Nancy D.

At its heart, this is a detective story. It's set in Paris in the late 80s and features leading French actors such as Denise Gagnon and Anne Fontaine. Like the genre, it's very French. It has a plot, but you have to watch it for it to sink in. It has a happy ending, but it's not quite the end you're hoping for. In short, it's a happy movie about some very funny people in a movie set in Paris. If you like a bit of romantic comedy, you'll love it. It's not a movie that will become your favourite.

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Craig H.

I always thought that "La Chute de l'Empire Américain" would be the end of the story of the French Resistance. At the very least it would be the end of the friendship between the characters. But I never thought that it would be such a unique story. As I am French, the film came out of the blue and I didn't expect much, since it had a French title. But the second I saw it, I saw it for the first time. This is the story of a desperate woman who wants to escape from her house and her strange dream. I can't say that it is the best movie I ever saw, but it is definitely different than any other French movie I have seen before. The story is really interesting and brings you to a different side of the world, of the French Resistance. In addition, the cinematography is very good, the story is very sad and I loved it. Even though it was a comedy, it still has some funny moments. I think that the actors play very well and the chemistry between them is good. This is the first time I have seen Joan Plowright, she did a great job. I thought it was a good choice for her to do this movie, because she is a very famous actor. In addition, in my opinion, Michael Lonsdale was the best choice to play this role, because he was very convincing in the part. The scenery in the movie is beautiful and the sound was very good. I also think that the costumes were very good, because I have seen them in many movies before. My vote is seven. Title (Brazil): "La Chute de l'Empire Américain" ("The Chute of the Empire")

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Sharon N.

I watched this movie, with great expectations, and left the theater with an interesting feeling about the historical background, as well as the occasional humor. The movie tries to show how the French managed to play a tough opponent, with the result that in the end they end up a great nation. I am not so sure if the movie is an attempt to glorify France, or showing how the French managed to get involved in an important and very complicated war (the one that lasted for twenty years). We have seen a lot of movies about how great was the French power in the early stages of the war. I liked that the movie tries to show a very different side of the story. In some ways, it seems like a farce. But then again, this is a movie, so I don't think that it is supposed to be serious. It is also a movie that I believe has a great potential to have a bigger impact. Still, I have to say that I was surprised by the movie. I was not expecting much, but I was quite surprised. My rating: 7

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Benjamin Boyd

What do we see in his films? We see the dynamic of the French (in France) without the french, French without the French. That is a big thing. One can feel the French world without the French, the rich without the rich, the poor without the poor. But, this is what French cinema does best: it blends both worlds, that of the rich and the poor, the educated and the poor, the educated and the uneducated. It is impossible to notice that the director of this film has some achievements. It's all about the script and about the director. It's true that "La chute de l'empire américain" is a great film and that he has a few surprises, but it's really not enough to take a good film from him. For instance, this film is not about the refugee crisis, but it is about the struggle of the French workers, who are facing a few different problems, which are different, but interconnected. I have already said that this film is great. But, I think it has a few weaknesses. The screenplay has a lot of flaws, the direction is a little bit too slow and that is the main reason that I don't give it the high rating. But the main reason is that it has some good moments in it. And even if it is a good film, it is still a great film, and I think it should be seen.

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Jeremy S.

I went into this movie without any expectations, I had never even heard of it, and my sister and I have never been into gangster movies in the past. And the movie was actually pretty good. I didn't laugh out loud a lot, but the jokes were good and the action sequences were cool. But the movie was just so stupid and that was my biggest problem with this movie. And so many of the other people that liked this movie were kids, and I can't imagine anyone enjoying this movie with kids. The only thing that made this movie more interesting for me was the fact that there were so many real gangsters that they were dealing with and they all acted very poorly. They just seemed to be over the top. And I didn't like the fact that they just didn't put enough emphasis on the gangs. I thought they were getting more into the gangs, but they were not. They were just kind of thrown in there just to throw us off. In the end, I really think this movie was a big let down and I think it's worth a look just for the action sequences.

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Lisa T.

What can I say? I watched this in Spain as a guest of a local TV station, and I was curious to see this so-called "Spanish film", in the same way that I was curious to see David Lynch's "Eraserhead" as a guest of a French station in America, and to find out if "Animal House" could be considered a horror film. Well, "Animal House" does not scare the living daylights out of me, and I thought "Amelie" was a great film, but I thought "Les Miserables" was a great film too. I watched the DVD of "Les Miserables" and watched "Amelie" a few days later, and I have to say that I was a little surprised that the two films are so much alike! "Les Miserables" is the story of a whole family that is forced to flee France after the murder of their president, and ends up in a small village in the Scottish Highlands. The boy Henri (Jesse Ferrel), his mother Marie (Alden Ehrenreich) and his younger brother, Simon (James Franco), find a small cottage in the middle of the woods. Henri and his mother fall in love with the local pastor (Christian Bale) and the young Simon, who has never had a girlfriend, is attracted to Marie. The problem is that when Marie has sex with Simon, the boy has a seizure and dies. The family, including Marie's sister (Laura Antonsson), Father Darcy (Jude Law) and his family, and even Marie's father (John Malkovich) are hunted by a local gang of hoodlums. The most important thing I have to say about "Les Miserables" is that the film is, without a doubt, the most successful American film of the last twenty years. "Amelie" has an excellent cast, and it is also the most successful French film of the last twenty years. However, there is one major problem in the French version of "Les Miserables": instead of a "100% France" film, which shows the country's successes, "Les Miserables" is more of a European film. If the film was in English, with the original French dialogue, I would give it an 8 out of 10, but in the French version it is a 7 out of 10. That being said, the English version is a very good film. I don't know if they are afraid that the French will be offended, but I'm sure they are. I love the French language, and I love the people in the film. They are wonderful, and they really bring the character of the film to life. Although they are French, they are not French by blood, but they can talk like anyone else in France. The acting is fantastic. "Amelie" is not a film for everyone. It is very thought-provoking, and the situation of the characters in the film is complex and very interesting. If you like complicated movies with interesting characters, then watch this film, otherwise, do not bother.

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Joshua L.

The war between France and Russia is a lot of fun, thanks to the considerable production values, the great costumes, the lush photography. The film's plot is simplistic, but it makes a great movie, with its wit and the interesting characters. The main character, Pierre Haug (played by the young Jean Reno), is an adult who is a secret agent for the French secret service. His motto is: "Live for one and die for the others." This phrase makes the viewer understand what the main character does, because he hides secrets from the French government and he is also in search of a woman, Vanessa (played by Claire Denis). The most memorable scene of the movie is the car chase with numerous vehicles chasing after a car that was driving with two people inside. The main character is always driving fast and the car is always moving, but the two people in the car are never visible. The car is always drifting from one place to another. When a car moves too much, it slows down, but when the two people are moving too slowly, the car becomes too slow. Pierre Haug and Vanessa, an American and an French woman, are in a car that is running out of gas. Pierre is trying to help the person in the car, but is only able to help him when he is not looking. The two people are traveling in the same direction, but the car has to keep going and stop at a new spot. Pierre is not able to help them, but he feels sad. Vanessa is a lot of fun. She knows how to make fun of herself and this is a good movie for her. The only thing that annoys me is that I cannot understand the French accent of Vanessa. I am sure that this was not the problem of the actors, but it is a big flaw for me. Anyway, I rate this movie as very good. I rate it 7/10.

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One of those movies that could be a real drag if you are not in the mood for it. A French "Special" that is the best one of the films in the series so far. Despite the extremely low budget of the movie (it's also a little bit of a parody of the general economic crisis that hit France at the end of last decade, this time from the bourgeoisie who have taken over the state-owned banks, and this is the only "real" crisis they ever dealt with) it has all the requisite elements of a good comedy. I had a great time watching this film, especially the part where the cocky British actor is getting stuck with a German woman who he couldn't even care less about because she's too old for him. It's great fun to see some of the "comedians" played by actors who have been doing stand-up comedy for years and years and years, because they always have a lot of fun doing it. I will admit that I laughed at a few of the jokes, but that was not the only part of the film I enjoyed. The chemistry between everyone in this movie is terrific. I think this is a movie that everyone should watch at least once, especially those who like comedy and who like to watch some French funny films.