'Testament': Denys Arcand says goodbye with a reactionary satire towards the 'woke' | Culture | EUROtoday

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The satan is aware of extra as a result of he’s previous than as a result of he’s a satan. Denys Arcand, 82-year-old Canadian, director of social, political and cultural satires The decline of the American empireThe barbarian invasions y The fall of the American empire, composed between 1986 and 2018, and axes of a profession of at least 60 years, it all the time had one thing of the satan in it. Now it's previous too. And in his final work, Testament, With the looks of a definitive inheritance from its title, it exhibits each issues with undisguised vigor. Also with out brake.

He has nothing to show at this level, however this time, as additionally occurred to him within the disenchanted and graceless The age of ignorance, during which it was not clear whether or not he confirmed himself as a conscientious analyst of the ills of society or as an outdated previous man, he has gone too far. In his movie, and maybe additionally in life: his new work, launched completely on Movistar, overturns all of his present concepts. His protagonist, a cultured previous man who has spent his working life working as an archivist, round all sources of data, is a transparent alter ego of Arcand. Now he lives in an expensive public nursing residence, which is the topic of a type of modern debates that appear to cloud his thoughts a lot: the protests of a bunch of activists in protection of the indigenous communities of Quebec, because of a mural from the century XIX on a wall of the establishment, which for them displays “a genocide.”

Another image of the protagonists of 'Testament'.
Another picture of the protagonists of 'Testament'.

In the identical tone of ironic comedy and countercultural satire as a few of his greatest movies, Arcand takes intention in any respect forms of correction and towards many kind of deprived teams. AND Testament It's a sermon. A catalog towards woke in very totally different instructions, during which there are darts for a lot of. Namely, and with out order or live performance, as within the movie: inclusive language, video video games, Quebec social cinema, the dearth of tradition of politicians, the management of local weather change, the protection of indigenous cultures by younger white individuals, individuals who declare themselves non-binary, well being fanatics, the grandiloquence within the conception of sure ethical debates (“the intersexualization of identities”, “the menstruation of thought”, the so-called slut shaming, or blaming girls and homosexuals for his or her unconventional sexual habits), sports activities within the aged, and the success of “radical” feminist literature, in a sequence during which the character attends an awards gala during which they triumph titles like Vaginas on hearth, Pressure and revengey Rebellious and violent, an autobiography.

“I will die in the face of general indifference,” says the protagonist, performed by one in every of his favourite actors, Rémi Girard, head of a forged that features a personal joke: the celebrated playwright Robert Lepage, who in 2018 noticed two controversial performs about him canceled. relations between whites and natives, Slav y Kanataas a result of absence of interpreters from the second group, performs right here an irate Vice Minister of Culture in protection of the survival of the nursing residence mural.

It is obvious that the director of the magnificent Jesus of Montreal He doesn’t really feel a participant within the society of his time, which he considers as soon as once more in decline, or additional, within the definitive decline because of political correctness. However, though he could also be proper in a few of his statements, all collectively, and with no single nuance, they reveal him much less as a sensible previous man than as a vulgar reactionary. Testament, What may very well be the crucial reflection of an previous man who is aware of every thing, is the thick diatribe of a carca satan.


Director: Denys Arcand.
Performers: Rémy Girard, Sophie Lorain, Robert Lepage, Caroline Néron.
Comedy style. Canada, 2023.
Platform: Movistar.
Duration: 110 minutes.
Premiere: June 12.

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