La chute de l'empire américain is built around the concept of money: what it means, how it is used, what value it has in our world, and what it can do to people. Arcand's protagonist, Pierre-Paul (Alexandre Landry), is a 36-year-old with a PhD in philosophy who ends up driving a courier truck, a line of work he believes he is too good for. A single event changes Pierre-Paul's life: he finds himself with a lot of money in his hands - and a choice. This money can provide him the lifestyle he wants, but it can also lead to numerous headaches, namely in the form of entanglements with both police and the criminal underworld. Pierre-Paul's decisions take him on an unlikely voyage where he needs all his wits to outfox his various pursuers, amongst whom are two rather different women: a young prostitute who can free him, and a young cop who can put him behind bars.
Director Denys Arcand
With Maripier Morin, Alexandre Landry, Marix Roy, Rémy Girard, Vincent Leclerc