Review: ‘It’s Only The End of The World’
Director: Xavier Dolan
Genre: Drama, French
UK release date: 24 February 2017
Duration: 95 minutes
Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Louis (Gaspard Ulliel), a terminally ill writer, returns home to his family after 12 years to tell them over lunch that he is dying.

Through the hysteria, spats and passive aggression -- captured through close-up shots by Dolan -- ‘It’s Only The End of The World’ leaves us gasping for air in this dysfunctional family reunion. Combined with its soundtrack featuring Camille’s ‘Home is Where it Hurts’ and original music by Gabriel Yared (‘The English Patient’) the overall effect is tense and bittersweet. The movie bagged the Grand Prix award at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.

Exceptional performances by its small A-list cast, featuring Nathalie Baye, Vincent Cassel, Marion Cotillard and Léa Seydoux do not distract viewers with their offscreen celebrity personas.

1 April 2017 | Dee May Tan