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The Death and Life of John F. Donovan (2018)

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A decade after the death of an American TV star, a young actor reminisces the written correspondence he shared with him, as well as the impact those letters had on both their lives.

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Xavier Dolan
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Credited cast:
Natalie Portman ... Sam Turner
Kit Harington ... John F. Donovan
Jacob Tremblay ... Rupert Turner
Sarah Gadon ... Liz Jones
Emily Hampshire ... Amy Bosworth
Thandie Newton ... Audrey Newhouse
Susan Sarandon ... Grace Donovan
Jared Keeso ... James Donovan
Michael Gambon ... Narrator
Kathy Bates ... Barbara Haggermaker
Ben Schnetzer ... Rupert Turner (Adult)
Chris Zylka ... Will Jefford Jr.
Amara Karan ... Mrs. Kureishi
Ari Millen ... Big Billy
Sarah-Jeanne Labrosse ... Moira's assistant
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A decade after the death of an American TV star, a young actor reminisces the written correspondence he shared with him, as well as the impact those letters had on both their lives.

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English

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7 March 2019 (Italy) See more »

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The Death and Life of John F. Donovan See more »

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New York City, New York, USA See more »

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2.35 : 1
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The film cast includes three Oscar winners, Kathy Bates, Susan Sarandon, and Natalie Portman. See more »

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Much Ado About Nothing
18 March 2019 | by FrenchEddieFelsonSee all my reviews

I remain dubious and hungry: the movie globally lacks of achievement and seems unfinished.

Pros: the sensitivity of Xavier Dolan, the interpretation of the actors, the music, the photography, ...

Cons (only 1 actually, but it's almost crippling): the hubbub! I have the feeling that Xavier Dolan tries to artificially fill the relative emptyness around an epistolary relationship modestly reduced to a secret garden with a kaleidoscopic narrative, fuzzily alternating between Rupert and John on the one hand, the present and the past on the other hand.

To be watched again in a decade or two, with another look.


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