It’s Only the End of the World / Juste la fin du monde

2017 ARCHIVE

Director: Xavier Dolan
Cast: Gaspard Ulliel, Nathalie Baye, Léa Seydoux, Vincent Cassel, Marion Cotillard
Country: Canada, France
Language: French with English subtitles
Year of production: 2015
Genre: Drama
Rating: M Drug use & offensive language
Duration: 95 mins
Festivals: Cannes International Film Festival 2016 (Official Competition), TIFF 2016
Awards: Grand Prix, Ecumenical Jury Prize, Cannes International Film Festival 2016, Académie des César Award for Best Actor – Gaspard Ulliel, Best Editing, Best Director

“A brilliant, stylised and hallucinatory evocation of family dysfunction.” The Guardian

Synopsis

After a 12-year absence, Louis (Gaspard Ulliel), a writer suffering from a fatal illness, returns to his family to inform them of his inevitable demise. As resentment soon rewrites the course of the afternoon, fits and feuds unfold, fuelled by loneliness and doubt, while all attempts at empathy are sabotaged by people’s incapacity to listen and love.

Derived from the play of the same name by Jean-Luc Lagarce, this vivid and confrontational drama muses on traditional notions of family and belonging. A star-filled cast capably conveys familial divisions, personal conflict and past grievances.

Canadian wunderkind director Xavier Dolan effectively uses tight camera angles and extreme close-ups, evoking a sense of constraint and claustrophobia by pulling the audience viscerally into Louis’ sensations of feeling smothered by his family.

This sensitive and thought-provoking piece leaves the viewer reconsidering the institution of family – is it always a source of joy, or can the most toxic people in our lives be our own flesh and blood?

Trailer

Screenings

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WELLINGTON
Thurs 2 Mar 4:20 pm D
Sat 11 Mar 8:30 pm D
Fri 17 Mar 2:10 pm D
Tues 21 Mar 4:20 pm E

AUCKLAND – RIALTO CINEMAS
Fri 3 Mar 8:30 pm
Wed 8 Mar 3:30 pm
Thurs 16 Mar 11:55 am
Tues 21 Mar 6:30 pm

AUCKLAND – TAKAPUNA
Tues 7 Mar 6:30 pm
Wed 8 Mar 8:30 pm
Tues 14 Mar 12:40 pm
Fri 17 Mar 8:30 pm

NELSON
Thurs 9 Mar 8:30 pm
Wed 22 Mar 3:30 pm

CHRISTCHURCH
Mon 13 Mar 6:25 pm
Tues 21 Mar 2:15 pm
Sun 26 Mar 4:30 pm

TIMARU
Fri 17 Mar 6:30 pm

ARROWTOWN
Tues 21 Mar 6:00 pm
Sun 26 Mar 3:30 pm

TAURANGA
Sat 18 Mar 6:00 pm
Fri 24 Mar 4:00 pm

PALMERSTON NORTH
Thurs 23 Mar 8:10 pm
Mon 27 Mar 1:10 pm

NEW PLYMOUTH
Tues 28 Mar 8:30 pm
Wed 5 Apr 4:30 pm

HAMILTON
Mon 3 Apr 8:30 pm
Sun 9 Apr 11:05 am

HAVELOCK NORTH
Sat 1 Apr 6:00 pm
Tues 4 Apr 1:05 pm

DUNEDIN
Sat 1 Apr 8:30 pm
Thurs 6 Apr 12:10 pm

E Embassy Theatre
D Deluxe Theatre

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