Xavier Dolan’s latest film “It’s Only the End of the World” follows Louis (Gaspard Ulliel), a young man who has been estranged from his family for years who now returns home to confront them about his terminal illness. Tension runs high almost immediately when Louis sees his domineering mother (Nathalie Baye), his sister Suzanne (Léa Seydoux), and older brother Antoine (Vincent Cassel) and his wife (Marion Cotillard), many of whom have not yet gotten over his departure years ago. As the proverbial knife twists more and more, secrets are revealed, confrontations occur, and life gets in the way. Watch the first subtitled trailer below.
At age 27, Xavier Dolan has released six movies in a span of eight years. His first film “I Killed My Mother” attracted international acclaim and won three awards at the Director’s Fortnight program at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. He then went on to release “Heartbeats,” which premiered at the Un Regard section at the 2010 Cannes Festival, “Laurence Anyways,” which also premiered at Un Regard in 2012, and “Tom at the Farm,” which won the FIPRESCI Prize at the 70th Venice International Film Festival. His last film “Mommy” won the Jury Prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.
“It’s Only the End of the World” won the Grand Prix and the Ecumenical Jury Prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. It will be released in Quebec and France on September 21st. There is no U.S. distribution for the film at this time.