The Decline of the American Empire

Dir. Denys Arcand

Canada 1986 | Colour | 97 mins | Cert 18

Cast: Dominique Michel, Pierre Curzi

Made 17 years before Arcand’s award-winning and just released The Barbarians at the Gates, this is a witty and provocative look at the battle of the sexes. Four men gather at a country retreat to prepare a gourmet supper, while in the city their female companions are working out at a health club. Both groups discuss their sex lives, affairs and seduction techniques and when they finally meet for dinner, the knives are out, revelations are made and an uncomfortable night is in store for all.

Available on: DVD

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