It's Only the End of the World

Dir: Xavier Dolan

Canada / France

2016

97 mins

15

Canadian enfant terrible Xavier Dolan’s It’s Only the End of the World – winner of the Grand Prix at Cannes (and the Ecumenical Jury Prize) – boasts a fantastic ensemble cast, evidencing a growing casting clout after the success of his superlative 2014 melodrama, Mommy.

Gaspard Ulliel plays Louis, a writer; Nathalie Baye his whimsical mother; Léa Seydoux his sullen, punky sister; Vincent Cassel his volatile brother Antoine and Marion Cotillard, Antoine’s diminutive wife Catherine.

The story is adapted from a stage play by Jean-Luc Lagarde, and follows Louis as he returns to the troubled family home with an awful secret to share. Their reunion is something like a volcanic eruption, as Dolan exploits (much as he did in Mommy) the dramatic power and claustrophobic nature of dysfunctional familial love, and the difficulty – perhaps, impossibility – of maintaining such toxic relationships.

It’s a histrionic story, and one which feels at times like an assault on the audience – but which is played with such conviction, and styled with such an emphatic sense of drama by Dolan that it is effortlessly cinematic, and sweeps you away.

Booking Information

Telephone:
020 7240 5353

Email:
james.king@curzon.com

Distributor

Curzon Film

Blu-ray / DVD Bookings:
BFI

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