It’s Only the End of the World
Dir. Xavier Dolan. France, 2016. 1h 39m. French/subs. Starring Gaspard Ulliel, Nathalie Baye, Vincent Cassel, Marion Cotillard, Léa Seydoux.
After 12 years of estrangement, a writer returns to his hometown to announce his impending death to his family. However, his mother, tempestuous siblings and beleaguered sister-in-law have their own personal grievances to air. As buried resentments threaten to surface and feuds begin to unfold, all attempts at empathy are sabotaged by the family’s inability to listen and love. Wunderkind Xavier Dolan’s evocation of family dysfunction makes for a tense and explosive drama.
'The claustrophobia of family has rarely been so well-wrought as in the latest highly stylised – and highly polarising – drama’ ★★★★ Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
'This may be a filmed play but Dolan's graceful treatment of the material ensures that it rarely feels too stagy or claustrophobic.’ Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent