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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.

Director:

Xavier Dolan

Writers:

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 Arthur Couillard ... Petit garçon - avion
Patricia Tulasne Patricia Tulasne ... Hôtesse
Emile Rondeau Emile Rondeau ... Louis (5-6 ans)
Théodore Pellerin ... Antoine (16-22 ans)
Jenyane Provencher Jenyane Provencher ... Jeune fille - trampoline
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Storyline

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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First film directed by Xavier Dolan with only French actors in the cast. His previous films were all starred by Canadian actors. This film, however, was shot entirely in Canada. See more »

Quotes

Antoine Knipper: We think silent people are good listeners. But I shut up so people leave me alone.
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Referenced in We Look Good in Death (2019) See more »

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Genesis
Written by Grimes (as Claire Élise Boucher)
Performed by Grimes
Published by KOBALT Songs for Grimes Creative Production
Authorized by Beggars Group Media
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Unexpectedly Brilliant
24 September 2016 | by AlexKrajewSee all my reviews

Critics shouldn't be criticizing films they don't understand. Xavier Dolan's movies are extremely subtle in their acting and dialogues which I think makes it more difficult for non-French speakers to understand. This is especially true for this film since the movie is based upon the impossibility to communicate. That's probably why most of the bad reviews come from American newspapers. I mean, I'm French and I honestly admire non-French speaking fans of Dolan because subtitles aren't enough to communicate the subtlety of each word and tone. Aside from that it's only a matter of taste.

I agree on the fact that some characters are a bit stereotyped, especially during the scenes in which the whole family is gathered. However each actor has a scene in which they speak in private with Louis and that's when their characters get interesting. The film is aesthetically brilliant and allows you to understand things only eyes can communicate. The movie constantly creates an emotional tension, something I've rarely felt.


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Release Date:

30 June 2017 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$7,400,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,231,823
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