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The City of Your Final Destination (2009)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 24 June 2010 (Greece)
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Twenty-eight-year-old Kansas University doctoral student Omar Razaghi wins a grant to write a biography of Latin American writer Jules Gund. Omar must get through to three people who were ... See full summary »


James Ivory


Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (screenplay), Peter Cameron (novel)
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicholas Blandullo Nicholas Blandullo ... Young Adam
Sofía Viruboff Sofía Viruboff ... Adam's Mother
James Martin James Martin ... Postman
Omar Metwally ... Omar Razaghi
Alexandra Maria Lara ... Deirdre Rothemund
Susana Salerno Susana Salerno ... Helpful Woman at the Bus Depot
César Bordón César Bordón ... Helpful Man at the Bus Depot
Diego Velazquez ... Helpful Little Boy at the Bus Depot
Rossana Gabbiano Rossana Gabbiano ... Helpful Woman at the Bus Depot
Julieta Vallina Julieta Vallina ... Schoolbus Lady
Ambar Mallman ... Portia Gund
Charlotte Gainsbourg ... Arden Langdon
Laura Linney ... Caroline
Norma Aleandro ... Alma
Hector Fonseca Hector Fonseca ... Old Gaucho


Twenty-eight-year-old Kansas University doctoral student Omar Razaghi wins a grant to write a biography of Latin American writer Jules Gund. Omar must get through to three people who were close to Gund; his brother, widow, and younger mistress, so he can get authorization to write the biography. Written by Marisa_Gabriella, edited by Krystal Frauendienst

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for a brief sexual situation with partial nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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English | Spanish | French

Release Date:

24 June 2010 (Greece) See more »

Also Known As:

A Cidade do Teu Destino Final See more »

Filming Locations:

Punta Indio, Argentina See more »


Box Office


$8,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,401, 18 April 2010, Limited Release
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Last produced screenplay of two-time Academy Award winner Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (1927-2013). See more »


When Omar returns, he goes to Adam and Pete's bungalow, and Adam hands him a drink. He takes a gulp and sets the glass on the mantel and the camera switches to Adam, but when we return to Adam, he is once again holding the glass. See more »


[first lines]
Young Adam: [calling out] Victor. Victor! Victor, come on!
[slips in the mud]
Young Adam: Ooph! Bad dog.
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Features The Deceivers (1988) See more »


Bastien and Bastienne
Performed by Liszt Ferenc Kamarazenekar (as Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra)
Conducted by Raymond Leppard
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Sony Classical
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Desire To A Final Destination
26 March 2011 | by ChrysanthepopSee all my reviews

One thing that has remained consistent in Merchant Ivory films is the elegance. They have a classy and stylish look which never feels overdone. 'The City of Your Final Destination' works in various way. It works as a mood piece, as a study of characters, a love story and a mystery.

The film has a lyrical feel to it. The humour is subtle and welcoming as its timing is just right. The dialogues are poetic and the interactions between the characters are splendid. The character development is brilliant and the flourishment of the romance between Omar and Arden is delightful to watch.

The Merchant Ivory team always had an eye for visuals. Each and every frame is exquisitely detailed. Javier Aguirresarobe's stunning cinematography captures the beauty of the Uruguayan landscape and interiors and wonderfully highlights each frame. The soundtrack is magic.

The unique eclectic international ensemble is spellbinding. With actors like Anthony Hopkins, Norma Aleandro, Hiroyuki Sanada, Laura Linney, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Omar Metwally and Alexandra Maria Lara, could one ask for something better? Each and every one of them do a fantastic job.

Merchant Ivory have created another classy gem. It's a shame that 'The City of Your Final Destination' received so little recognition. I wish films like this were made more often.

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