CANADA | ORIGINAL VERSION: FRENCH | SUBTITLES: ENGLISH
Winner of the Grand Prix at Cannes, Xavier Dolan’s Juste la fin du monde is a magnificent, thunderous drama about home and familial roots. Louis (Gaspard Ulliel) is a terminally ill writer who has come home after 12 years away to tell his family he is dying. It’s the proverbial prodigal’s return, except that Louis’ family is not so ready to forgive him. His arrival precipitates chaos. His mother (Nathalie Baye) has tried to keep her family together despite their struggles in the wake of Louis’ departure, and his tempestuous siblings (Vincent Cassel and Léa Seydoux) and introverted sister-in-law (Marion Cotillard) have their own crosses and grudges to bear. The group deconstructs a life’s worth of damaged family dynamics, and the writer becomes a mostly silent observer. Dolan gives the source play by Jean-Luc Lagarce a stunningly stylized adaptation, shooting almost entirely in intense close-ups. It’s a bold aesthetic choice that gets to the heart of the characters’ experience: their buried memories, their heavy sadness, and, ultimately, their profound love for each other.
Director: Xavier Dolan
Cast: Nathalie Baye, Vincent Cassel, Marion Cotillard
Duration: 97 minutes