Mr. Speaker, the Ottawa preview of the new film by Denys Arcand, Les invasions barbares , cast a spell of enchantment and generated passionate discussions among the members of the Bloc Quebecois who attended the screening.
The actors, including Rémy Girard, Stéphane Rousseau, Dominique Michel and Dorothée Berryman, give riveting performances. The film is full of emotion and so was the audience, moved to both laughter and tears.
This film questions the meaning of life and takes a deep look into the relationships we create during our lives and their evolution as death approaches.
We are pleased and proud that this film was selected for the official competition at Cannes, the first feature from Quebec to receive this honour since Léolo by Jean-Claude Lauzon in 1992. Les invasions barbares once again confirms Denys Arcand as a great director and Denise Robert as a producer with great insight.
The Bloc Quebecois congratulates the artists and technicians who created this feature film and Denys Arcand for his brilliant production which, once again, demonstrates the impressive development of cinema in Quebec.