DAYS OF DARKNESS Directed by Denys Arcand. Opens Friday (March 21). Rating: NNN
Days Of Darkness completes Arcand’s social mores trilogy that began with The Decline Of The American Empire and continued with the Oscar-winning The Barbarian Invasions. It’s not as moving or weighty as those two, but it’s still got its charms.
Montreal comic Marc Labrèche plays the aptly named Jean-Marc Leblanc, a Quebecois Walter Mitty who’s an unhappily married civil servant in reality but a famous writer/media darling/stud in his fantasy life.
Arcand has lots of fun staging the comic sequences, many of them filmed in Montreal’s Olympic Stadium, transformed into a bureaucratic maze out of Orwell. And the stony-faced Labrèche comes through with a performance worthy of Buster Keaton.
There are cute cameos, too, by everyone from Rufus Wainwright to Apostrophes’ Bernard Pivot.
A shame Arcand has problems finding a satisfying end after the promising lead-up.