NOV. 3: Juste la fin du monde / It’s Only the End of the World

Director: Xavier Dolan
Canada/France 2016
French with English subtitles / 95 minutes
Rating: PG

Apologies for the technical difficulties.

After receiving a terminal diagnosis, Louis (Gaspard Ulliel) returns home, ending a 12-year absence. But his homecoming is tainted by lingering resentment. His attempts to inform his mother (Nathalie Baye), sister (Léa Seydoux), brother (Vincent Cassel), and sister-in-law (Marion Cotillard) of his illness are repeatedly sabotaged by the surfacing tensions between family members. Shot in intimate close-ups, the film is claustrophobic and oppressive, brilliantly conveying the characters’ dysfunction. Winner of the Grand Prix at Cannes, this is a thunderous drama about family roots.

Dolan has made a film that is at once his most restrained and withholding work while still being remarkably indulgent. A whole film told in tight close-ups on anguished faces. Grace Sharkey, 4:3

Dolan has found a way to exasperate and exhaust his audience, but he has also achieved a completely unexpected catharsis at the end of an
agonizing hour and a half.  Standing there on the grave of dreams, he knows why the caged bird sings.
Peter Debruge, Variety

It’s not an easy film to watch – and it doesn’t try to be. Pablo Villaça, Cinema em Cena