The City of your Final Destination

The City of your Final Destination

DVD - 2010
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After winning a grant, Omar Razaghi travels to the estate of the late Uruguayan author Jules Gund in order to convince his three executors to let him write an authorized biography.

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ms_mustard
Feb 23, 2017

wish I'd looked at Rotten Tomatoes before choosing this movie - good actors, lush setting. I found Omar and Deirdre less than engaging; Adam and Pete were far more interesting - but the story as a whole dragged.

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eusebius
Feb 07, 2015

I'm not much interested in Omar's problems; he seems a carbon copy of the young man in The Aspern Papers who is on a similar mission to get his hands on a famous writer's work. What is fascinating here is Anthony Hopkins playing a more or less average man (albeit from a rich Jewish family, plus he's gay) and playing him very well without a hint of the junk movies he's been making in recent years. Also Laura Linney as the ice-cold widow of the writer, wasting away in this Uruguayan backwater and rejecting the only thing that will get her back in circulation. A good evening's entertainment.

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Ron@Ottawa
Jul 07, 2014

It is the Ivory duo without Merchant Ivory, who passed away a few years back. As a result this film, now directed by James Ivory only, suffered greatly in quality. I say it is totally passable.

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BloomFree
Jun 04, 2014

It's always great to see a seasoned actress or actor play a part - that said sometimes the ingrediants of the actors and or actresses just really get in the way of the story. I would recommend this film to anyone at least as a once-see. My one critique is the same I have for many movies which is: Is it really true that a relationship usually ends because the person isn't that attractive or that they simply aren't very nice?? That is such a simplification.

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ericbrown
May 22, 2013

If you are interested we talked about this movie at the Carlingwood Library Film Club. We discuss three movies a month and we meet on the 2nd Tuesday of the Month.

btmslt Apr 13, 2013

Okay.

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ELiJoly
Feb 06, 2013

Maybe it's not a GREAT film but I enjoyed it. I can't resist Hopkins and the rest of the cast was good. I enjoyed Gainsbourg more that in some of her other movies. The setting is also voluptuous

Michael Colford Oct 24, 2011

I am a huge fan of Peter Cameron’s novel The City of Your Final Desination, so I was looking forward to James Ivory’s adaptation of the same name. The main story follows the journey of a young man finding his own path and stepping out from under the shadows of others whom he allowed to chart his path for him. That man is Omar, a young man trying to write a biography of a renowned author in order to complete his education. The problem is, the author has killed himself, and the executors of his will, his brother, his wife, and his mistress have denied his request. At the urging of his girlfriend, Omar travels to South America to try and convince the executors to change their mind. Along the way, he instead discovers a way to stand up for himself and lead his life the way he wants to.

"That said, the strength of both the novel and the film is the sparkling, witty, and intelligent dialogue and characterization of the three executors, and the three actors, Anthony Hopkins, Laura Linney and Charlotte Gainsbourg do a phenomenal job bringing these characters to riveting life. Unfortunately their performances tend to overshadow the main story. It’s especially touch to maintain the thread of Omar’s story when he is missing from much of the third quarter of the film.

Still, between the stellar performances of the three actors mentioned, as well as the rest of the cast, a spectacular use of location, and a strong screenplay, THE CITY OF YOUR FINAL DESTINATION is well worth viewing. And Laura Linney is just delicious.

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PatEe
Apr 10, 2011

Boring.

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heartofoak
Apr 07, 2011

Not spectacular, but I watched it without any expectations & found it a solid movie. It's not tragic, not even overly dramatic, but what's good about it are the individual performances, notably Linney & Hopkins. It was worth it for a single scene in which Hopkins mischievously asks the killjoy girlfriend if she'll look back & regret "Why didn't I smuggle those things?".

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