Dir. Xavier Dolan, 2016, Canada, France. 97 min. Color, DCP.
With Gaspard Ulliel, Marion Cotillard, Léa Seydoux, Vincent Cassel
In French with English subtitles
Grand Prize, Cannes Film Festival 2016
Winner of Three César Awards in 2017: Best Actor for Gaspard Ulliel; Best Editing & Best Director for Xavier Dolan
Xavier Dolan directs an all-star cast in this film based on the eponymous play by Jean-Luc Lagarce.
After 12 years of estrangement, a writer (Gaspard Ulliel) returns to his hometown, planning to announce his impending death to his family. However, his mother (Nathalie Baye), tempestuous siblings (Léa Seydoux and Vincent Cassel), and beleaguered sister-in-law (Marion Cotillard) have their own 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.
“A brilliant, stylized, and hallucinatory evocation of family dysfunction.” — Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian