Louis (Ulliel), a young writer and successful dramatist, returns to his hometown and his estranged family to try and effect some sort of reconciliation—or, barring that, at least to let his mother (Baye), brother (Cassel) and sister (Seydoux) know that he is dying. A veritable who's who of French acting greats—Nathalie Baye, Marion Cotillard, Vincent Cassel and Léa Seydoux among them, all led by rising star Gaspard Ulliel—headline director Xavier Dolan's excoriating, blackly humorous family drama. Dolan is unflinching in his depiction of broken family dynamics, and his group portrait in IT’S ONLY THE END OF THE WORLD makes for unforgettable viewing.
In her late teens, Katie (Olivia Cooke) is the sole breadwinner in the trailer she shares with her mother (Mireille Enos). Katie waits tables at her small town's diner and supplements her wages by selling sex to a few locals and a kindly trucker named Bear (Jim Belushi). But Katie has goals. She's saving up to start a new life in San Francisco. When Katie meets Bruno (Christopher Abbott), a handsome mechanic, she falls in love instantly, certain that everything in her life is coming together. What she doesn't anticipate is how others will violently betray her trust. KATIE SAYS GOODBYE is harrowing, big-hearted, and a kind of cautionary tale for dreamers.
Beatrice and Donatella meet in a psychiatric institution. While Beatrice is a brash, unhinged chatterbox; the institute’s newcomer, Donatella, is fragile and withdrawn. Still, Beatrice seeks out friendship with this punkish introvert and, during day release at a nursery, they board a bus and commence their girls-only adventure.Steeped in saturated visuals that perfectly reflect the warmth of a Tuscan summer sun, LIKE CRAZY avoids the pitfalls of other films of its kind, carefully retaining its tonal and thematic balance. The chuckles and tears keep coming in equal measures from start right through to finish.
This emotionally and visually resplendent epic tells the story of Lieutenant Colonel Percy Fawcett, the British military-man-turned-explorer whose search for a lost city deep in the Amazon grows into an increasingly feverish, decades-long magnificent obsession that takes a toll on his reputation, his home life with his family, and his very existence. Director James Gray and cinematographer Darius Khondji cast quite a spell, exquisitely pitched between rapture and dizzying terror. THE LOST CITY OF Z represents a form of epic storytelling that has all but vanished from the landscape of modern cinema, and a rare level of artistry.