It’s Only The End Of The World (Juste La Fin Du Monde)


(out of 5)

 is heading home to his exasperating mother (), boorish brother () and rebellious sister () to deliver some big news: he is dying.  When he arrives, he meets his sister in law () and is immediately set upon by the others who have a world’s worth of emotions to unleash upon him and each other.  A long history of frustration, guilt and resentment is referenced but rarely specified in Xavier Dolan’s dowdy adaptation of a play by Jean-Luc Lagarce: it seems that Ulliel has avoided being close with his relatives, but there’s also the feeling that he’s had reason to strike out on his own and stay away from them for so long, but the details remain hazy throughout.  Assembling a first-rate cast of France’s biggest stars, Dolan stymies them with unimaginative staging and a script that, in trying to underplay everything, ends up saying far too little.  Long conversations that travel in small, repetitive orbits give a feeling of inescapable misery that, thanks to the film being much shorter than Dolan’s sometimes indulgent running times, isn’t excruciating to sit through but is surprising for how few rewards it offers.  The actors, given very little story to tell by the material, end up falling back on mannerisms that make even someone as incredible as Baye come off somewhat amateur, while the aspects of Dolan’s films that are usually the most grating, his penchant for shouting matches and too many musical montage sequences, are a relief here for providing the only times the narrative actually reveals something tangible.  It’s not really a bad movie, but it’s a surprisingly empty one.

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Canada/France, 2016

Directed by

Screenplay by Xavier Dolan, based on the play by

Cinematography by 

Produced by , Xavier Dolan, , , ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by Xavier Dolan

Film Festivals: Cannes 2016, TIFF 2016

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Cannes Film Festival Award
Grand Prize of the Jury

Canadian Screen Awards
Best Motion Picture
Best Achievement in Direction (Xavier Dolan)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Vincent Cassel)
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Achievement in Cinematography
Best Achievement in Make-Up


Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Nathalie Baye)
Best Achievement in Overall Sound
Best Achievement in Sound Editing

Cesar Awards
Best Actor (Gaspard Ulliel)
Best Director (Xavier Dolan)
Best Editing

Best Supporting Actor (Vincent Cassel)
Best Supporting Actress (Nathalie Baye)
Best Foreign Film

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2 thoughts on “It’s Only The End Of The World (Juste La Fin Du Monde)

  1. Being a foreigner Mr Bil Antoniou , I suggest you not review a movie based on a play that is foreign to YOU. “Juste la Fin du Monde” is killing the French BO because WE love it. There are times when as a foreigner you’ve got to step back and pass on reviewing something you don’t know, don’t understand, or understand how WE, French see something that WE know or care about. “Juste la Fin du Monde” is one of those movies, you should pass on.

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