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It's Only the End of the World (OmeU)

Drama by Xavier Dolan - 97 mins - Canada/France, 2016
OmeU - French with English subtitles

English

Winner of the Grand Prix at Cannes, the new film from Quebecois wunderkind Xavier Dolan (Mommy) ropes in an all-star French cast (including Marion Cotillard, Vincent Cassel, Léa Seydoux and Nathalie Baye) for its tempestuous tale about the fraught reunion of a fractured family.

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.

Deutsch

Louis (Gaspard Ulliel) hat es mit 34 Jahren zu einem erfolgreichen Schriftsteller gebracht, aber das ist nicht der wahre Grund weshalb er nach zwölf Jahren Abwesenheit wieder in seinen Heimartort zurückkehrt. Denn Louis ist mittlerweile sterbenskrank und hat nicht mehr lange zu leben. Deswegen will er seine Familie davon in Kenntnis setzen, doch das ist alles andere als leicht. Denn bei dem Familiennachmittag mit seiner Mutter (Nathalie Baye), seiner jüngeren Schwester Suzanne (Léa Seydoux), seinem älteren Bruder Antoine (Vincent Cassel) und dessen Frau Catherine (Marion Cotillard) reißen alte Wunden auf und kochen längst vergangene Fehden wieder hoch. Und die erhitzten Gemüter tun alles, um sich gegenseitig das Leben schwer zu machen, während niemand Louis ein offenes Ohr leihen will…