(out of 5)
The end of the world has come, and the entire planet has been given six months of warning. This film takes place on the very last day before the end, examining the behaviour of a group of Torontonians and how they choose to spend their last moments on earth. One confirmed bachelor (Callum Keith Rennie) has spent the last few months trying out every possible kind of sex act that he never indulged in before, doing his best to get in as many partners as possible on the final day. A married woman (Sandra Oh) is trying to get home to her husband (David Cronenberg) in order that they might see the end together, but the breakdown of transportation and crowds in the streets is preventing her from making it there. Director Don McKellar (making a strong debut) stars as an average fellow who simply wants to be alone, despite the pleas of his family to spend his last moments with them. Rather than taking a bitter, pessimistic attitude that could include mass violence and hysteria, McKellar’s film has a gentle, bittersweet tone that allows these very sympathetic and believable characters to simply enjoy a moment of fresh air before they quietly slip away. The cast is populated by stars of Canadian cinema, with a cameo by Genevieve Bujold being a particular standout.
Directed by Don McKellar
Screenplay by Don McKellar
Cinematography by Douglas Koch
Production Design by John Dondertman
Costume Design by Lea Carlson
Film Editing by Reginald Harkema