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A young artist's return home is offset by his unrequited love for a childhood male friend. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Nicole Garcia ... Marie

Gaspard Ulliel ... Simon

Mélanie Laurent ... Louise

Bruno Todeschini ... Marc

Alysson Paradis ... Alice
Christophe Malavoy ... Jean-Louis

Thibault Vinçon ... Mathieu
Daniel Berlioux ... Pierre
Georges Delattiu ... Gerard
Martine Joussemet ... Eve the Wife

Directed by
Rodolphe Marconi 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Rodolphe Marconi 

Produced by
Paulo Branco .... producer
Cinematography by
Hélène Louvart 
Film Editing by
Isabelle Devinck 
Casting by
Frédérique Moidon 
Production Design by
Antoine Platteau 
Costume Design by
Marielle Robaut 
Makeup Department
Véronique Boitout .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Jacques Arhex .... production manager
Mohand Hadjlarbi .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Louise Arhex .... trainee assistant director
Olivier Genet .... first assistant director
Sound Department
William Araujo .... sound editor (as Araujo)
William Araujo .... sound mix technician (as Araujo)
Benjamin Bober .... sound
Fabrice Conesa .... foley & adr recordist
Carole Lourtil .... adr supervisor
François Méreu .... sound editor
Sébastien Savine .... sound editor
Frédéric Ullmann .... sound
Nathalie Vidal .... sound mixer
Jean-Benoit Guillon .... stunts
Laurent Mulot .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Cyril Colmant .... key grip
Steven Gruen .... steadicam op
Mathieu Jamme .... electrician
Other crew
Helena Gonçalves .... production assistant
Françoise Thouvenot .... script supervisor

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Also Known As:
"Le dernier jour" - France (original title)
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104 min
Aspect Ratio:
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28 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
The Struggles of a Broken Spirit, 20 November 2006
Author: gradyharp from United States

Rodolphe Marconi ('Love Forbidden') is a director and writer to watch. He has a signature style already (he is quite young in the industry) and knows how to use that sensitivity to tell touching stories. LE DERNIER JOUR or THE LAST DAY is a mood piece, spare on dialogue, misty in its depiction of young emotional feelings, challenging in its play with time devices, and ultimately very satisfying for those who enjoy the French manner of film making.

Simon (the very handsome and gifted young actor Gaspard Ulliel of 'A Very Long Engagement') boards a train bound for the coast where he is to spend time in his family's seaside cabin. Most of his ride is spent gazing out the windows at the misty countryside, telling us more about this lonely, lost, vulnerable young eighteen year boy than a thousand words. On the train is a young girl Louise (Mélanie Laurent) who seems to be shadowing him. When Simon arrives home he is met by his loving mother Marie (Nicole Garcia), his sister Alice (Alysson Paradis) and his father. Louise joins Simon as a guest in his home and his family thinks the two are a couple. Though they sleep in the same bed, Simon's mind and longing are for a lad who lives in the lighthouse, Mathieu (Thibault Vinçon). Simon visits Mathieu, with Louise not far behind, and though we feel a kinship between the two boys, Louise forces her attention on Mathieu and Simon becomes a third party. In a telling moment when the three are in a pub Louise insists that Simon and Mathieu kiss, and that kiss tells a lot about the current state of mind of both boys. Simon becomes isolated, longs for Mathieu who has moved on from their past relationship, an emotional level which is culminated in a visit to Mathieu's home where Simon, alone on Mathieu's bed, re-visits the passion and lust and love for Mathieu in a scene of radiant beauty.

Simon's parents argue at all times and this leads to the discovery of a previous affair his mother had, an affair which holds secrets that drive a stake into Simon's relationship to Louise and to his mother's lover who as he visits the mother uncovers significant mysteries. The story ends tragically in a coda suggestive of the beginning of the film. It is stunning.

For some the sparse dialogue may prevent the storyline from driving clearly, but in the hands, eyes, and body of Gabriel Ulliel words are wholly unnecessary. If there were no other reason to see this very sensitive film, having the opportunity to observe the talented Ulliel would be sufficient. Recommended viewing, in French with English subtitles. Grady Harp

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