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It's Only the End of the World

Juste la fin du monde

The latest emotionally rich and visually sumptuous melodrama from Festival favourite Xavier Dolan.

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Dir-Scr Xavier Dolan
Prod Nancy Grant, Xavier Dolan, Sylvain Corbeil, Nathanaël Karmitz, Elisha Karmitz, Michel Merkt
With Gaspard Ulliel, Marion Cotillard, Vincent Cassel
Canada-France 2016
UK Distribution Curzon Artificial Eye

BFI Flare favourite Xavier Dolan (Mommy, Heartbeats) returns with his latest emotionally intense, visually lush melodrama. Based on Jean-Luc Lagarce’s play ‘Juste la fin du monde’, this taut chamber piece follows Louis, a terminally ill writer who returns home to break the news of his debilitating condition to his estranged family. Once there, old wounds and deep seated frustrations surface as Louis struggles to rekindle relationships and articulate the real reason for his unexpected visit. Proving once again he is a master cinematic craftsman, Dolan shoots in unsettling, claustrophobic close-ups, imaginatively stripping the film of its theatrical roots. But while this is a asthetically arresting work, such showmanship never threatens to overshadow the aching, truthful sadness that permeates almost every scene.

Michael Blyth

*Another chance to see some of the best films released over the last year

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