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It's Only the End of the World (2016)

Juste la fin du monde (original title)
Louis (Gaspard Ulliel), a terminally ill writer, returns home after a long absence to tell his family that he is dying.



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Complete credited cast:
... La mère
... Antoine
... Catherine
... Suzanne
... Louis
... Pierre Jolicoeur
William Boyce Blanchette ... Louis (15 ans)
Sasha Samar ... Chauffeur de taxi
Arthur Couillard ... Petit garçon - avion
Emile Rondeau ... Louis (5-6 ans)
... Antoine (16-22 ans)
Jenyane Provencher ... Jeune fille - trampoline


After 12 years of absence, Louis (Gaspard Ulliel), a writer, goes back to his hometown, planning on announcing his upcoming death to his family. As resentment soon rewrites the course of the afternoon, fits and feuds unfold, fuelled by loneliness and doubt, while all attempts of empathy are sabotaged by people's incapacity to listen and love. Written by Polly_Kat

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30 June 2017 (USA)  »

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Marion Cotillard had previously starred in A Very Long Engagement (2004) with Gaspard Ulliel, and in Midnight in Paris (2011) with Léa Seydoux. But she didn't share scenes with any of them in those films. See more »


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French Canadian Life Drama
13 May 2017 | by See all my reviews

This is the latest film from Xavier Dolan who continues to surprise with his very human stories. This time he has gone for an 'A list' of French talent. The story is from the stage play of the same name and is about Louis (Gaspard Ulliel 'A Very Long Engagement') who is a successful writer; he has not been home for twelve years and has now only returned to announce that he is dying – but he does not know how to do it.

On arrival at his home he is met by his family, mother, older brother and much younger sister. His brother, Antoine, played by Vincent Cassel is a man who seems to have got more than his fair share of life's anger but has married a shy creature – Catherine – played by Marion Cotillard in a way that she owns the role, it is completely convincing. The whole day is played out in linear format as the characters stumble into each other always seeming to be on the edge of imploding.

This is not an easy to watch movie as the tension can be uncomfortable but that makes it a better film for it. This is real 'Arthouse' in that it takes a different path to many that have gone before and is becoming a welcomed trademark of Xavier Dolan.

If you liked any of his previous films then you are probably already sold on this, if you are new to him then switch off any expectations and let this film seep into your psyche, it will be worth the effort.

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