Tuesday 9 January 2018 at 7.30pm

It’s Only the End of the World

Canada/France 2016 (UK release 2017). 1hr 37min.  Dir: Xavier Dolan.  Cast: Nathalie Baye, Vincent Cassel, Marion Cotillard, Léa Seydoux, Gaspard Ulliel.  Language: French with English subtitles.  Awards: 11 wins & 22 nominations.  Cert. 15.  [Original title: Juste la fin du monde]

Juste la fin du mondeThe incapacity to listen to one another through a fog of self-absorption is at the core of this blistering depiction of family dysfunction. When a son reappears after a long gap with ominous news to disclose, he smacks into a wall of pent-up resentment, as old feuds are cruelly exposed and familial rivals jostle for position.

With a strong cast (Marion Cotillard, Vincent Cassel) this contentious film, from Canadian-French director Xavier Dolan (Mommy) and based on a play by Jean-Luc Lagarce, was a highly successful release in France, won awards in both France and Canada and has divided audiences and critics everywhere else. Love it or hate it : you decide.

“It’s a film that intentionally makes watching it uncomfortable, as if we are ourselves caught in the claustrophobia…Yet how bracing it is, such snatches of virtuoso flair”
Tom Birchenough, theartsdesk.com

“This is a pressure cooker of anxiety, a film with the dials turned up to 12…the uncompromising ear bashing here is an intentional, black comic effect”
Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

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