By Marc Glassman
Days of Darkness (L’age des tenebres). Denys Arcand, director and script. Starring: Marc Labreche, Diane Kruger, Sylvie Leonard
Days of Darkness (L’age des tenebres) completes Oscar and Cannes award-winning director Denys Arcand’s trilogy that began with the classics The Decline of the American Empire and The Barbarian Invasions. Like the others, the new film is characterized by Arcand’s wicked satirical thrust. Jean-Marc (Marc Labreche) is a self-styled “man of no interest,” a civil servant incapable of affecting anyone at work or home. Surrounded by a workaholic wife, a dying mother, a harridan of a boss and two moody teenagers, Jean-Marc retreats into a fantasy world of pliant, gorgeous women. Arcand shifts moods effortlessly, registering outrage over pollution, cell phones, political correctness, the language police, anti-smoking laws and bureaucracy. Behind it all is a deep romanticism expressed through Jean-Marc’s inevitable retreat to a simpler country life.