It's Only The End Of The World (Juste La Fin Du Monde)
Director: Xavier Dolan
Cast: Gaspard Ulliel, Nathalie Baye, , Léa Seydoux
Language: French with English subtitles
Country of Origin: France, Canada 2016 95 mins (15)
Grande Prix 2016 Cannes International Film Festival
Released by Curzon Artificial Eye
Xavier Dolan's gathered an A-list art house ensemble to offer a frenetic, no let-up, in-your-face, verbal vortex that assaults the senses.
Adapted from Jean-Luc Lagarce's 1990 play 'Just la Fin du Monde,' Louis (Gaspard Ulliel), an award winning writer returns to his family after a twelve year absence planning to announce his upcoming death from an unspecified illness.
When Louis walks in the family embark on all consuming, bile bathed, angst ridden, dysfunctional family ride. Suzanne (Lea Seydoux), Louis' punk sister is bitter at his absence, his morose brother Antoine's (Vincent Cassel) an angry, resentful bore, whose timid wife Catherine (Marion Cotillard) is ever submissive and there's Louis's mother (Natalie Baye).
Louis should have stuck with the occasional cryptic postcard and kept his distance. That was bad enough but he's back and it all kicks off. Claustrophobic, intense, theatrical, close-up shots linger on faces, resentment, insecurity, venom and anger quietly absorbed by the guest. There's nothing quite like a family get-together. Is hell the family or is it the writer of cryptic postcards? It's a long way off from 'Mommy' (2014), Dolan's powerful, emotional, compelling triumph.