French Film Festival - The Fall of the American Empire (La Chute De L'empire Américain)

The Fall of the American Empire - Synopsis

The Fall of the American Empire : 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?

La Chute De L'empire Américain

À 36 ans, malgré un doctorat en philosophie, Pierre-Paul Daoust est chauffeur pour une compagnie de livraison. Un jour, il est témoin d'un hold-up qui tourne mal, faisant deux morts parmi les gangsters. Il se retrouve seul avec deux énormes sacs de sport bourrés de billets. Des millions de dollars. Le pouvoir irrésistible de l’argent va bousculer ses valeurs altruistes et mettre sur sa route une escort girl envoûtante, un ex-taulard perspicace et un avocat d’affaires roublard. Après Le déclin de l’Empire Américain et les Invasions Barbares, La Chute de l’Empire Américain clôt ainsi la trilogie du réalisateur Denys Arcand.


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French Film Festival

We have partnered with the Alliance Francais de Darwin to bring you a Mini French Film Festival! A celebration of french culture, this will give you a taste of the excellent french cinema, food and wine! Come down to enjoy dinner with french music, and maybe a crepe before the movie begins.

Saturday 13th July

  • 7.30 pm - The Trouble with You
  • 9.30 pm - The Fall of the American Empire

Sunday 14th July

  • 7.30 pm - Dilili in Paris

AFD members get the members ticket price.

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“ 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.”

Joe Leydon - Variety

“ The film sees Arcand in his element crafting deliciously literary characters well-versed in philosophy and pop culture arcana.”

Pat Mullen - Cinemablographer

Show Time(s)

Add to Calendar 9:30pm,
Saturday 13 July
Deckchair Cinema

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Denys Arcand



Running Time

128 minutes


Country of Origin



French with English Subs