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It's Only the End of the World (2016)

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


Xavier Dolan


Xavier Dolan (screenplay by), Jean-Luc Lagarce (based on play by)
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Complete credited cast:
Nathalie Baye ... La mère
Vincent Cassel ... Antoine
Marion Cotillard ... Catherine
Léa Seydoux ... Suzanne
Gaspard Ulliel ... Louis
Antoine DesRochers ... Pierre Jolicoeur (as Antoine Desrochers)
William Boyce Blanchette William Boyce Blanchette ... Louis (15 ans)
Sasha Samar ... Chauffeur de taxi
Arthur Couillard ... Petit garçon - avion
Patricia Tulasne ... Hôtesse
Emile Rondeau Emile Rondeau ... Louis (5-6 ans)
Théodore Pellerin ... Antoine (16-22 ans)
Jenyane Provencher 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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Second film directed by Xavier Dolan based on a play. The first was Tom at the Farm (2013). See more »


Suzanne: Drop it, mom. Jeez!
La mère: Our aerobics song. I'm obsessed, it's a real find.
Suzanne: Everybody found it, mom.
La mère: Translation said it's about Picasso being in love, or Picasso... anyway it wasn't clear.
[they both start dancing to O-Zone - Dragostea Din Tei]
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Referenced in We Look Good in Death (2019) See more »


Rondo alla turca (Turkish March) 3rd movement from Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major, K. 331
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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Captivating premier at TIFF
12 September 2016 | by arseneplSee all my reviews

Just saw the premiere at TIFF last night. In fact, it was my very first viewing in TIFF -- ever. And wasn't disappointed, not in the least. Before the premier, Xavier Dolan, Gaspard Ulliel and others made themselves available for photos. They were standing two feet away. I didn't recognize anyone, so just moved along. Too bad. I should have taken at least one photo. They were also available to answer questions after the film. A truly enjoyable experience.

What about Juste La Fin du Monde? It was captivating and thought provoking to say the least. Surely, I'm not like any of those characters. But the more I watched, I more I was drawn in. Then I saw myself in them, just a word here and there. But it was enough, even terrifying. What would you do under the same circumstances? And if anyone thinks this could never remotely happen in real life, think again.

You should go and see It's Only the End of the World. This film is not for the faint of heart.

My only complaint -- the theatre was too loud. You could hear a pin drop if nothing was playing. Everyone was captivated. The volume could have been turned down.

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30 June 2017 (USA) See more »

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