Last Night (1998)


(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 () 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 () is trying to get home to her husband () 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  being a particular standout.

Canada/France, 1998

Directed by

Screenplay by Don McKellar

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by ,

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  TIFF 1998

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Canadian Screen Awards (Genie Awards)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Sandra Oh)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Callum Keith Rennie)
Claude Jutra Award

Best Motion Picture
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Genevieve Bujold)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Roberta Maxwell)
Best Screenplay
Best Achievement in Cinematography
Best Achievement in Art Direction/Production Design
Best Overall Sound
Best Achievement in Editing
Best Music Score

Toronto Film Critics Award
Best Canadian Film



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