Louis (Gaspard Ulliel), a terminally ill writer, returns home after a long absence to tell his family that he is dying.


Xavier Dolan


Xavier Dolan (screenplay by), Jean-Luc Lagarce (based on play by)
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Complete credited cast:
Nathalie Baye ... La mère
Vincent Cassel ... Antoine
Marion Cotillard ... Catherine
Léa Seydoux ... Suzanne
Gaspard Ulliel ... Louis
Antoine DesRochers ... Pierre Jolicoeur (as Antoine Desrochers)
William Boyce Blanchette William Boyce Blanchette ... Louis (15 ans)
Sasha Samar ... Chauffeur de taxi
Arthur Couillard ... Petit garçon - avion
Patricia Tulasne ... Hôtesse
Emile Rondeau Emile Rondeau ... Louis (5-6 ans)
Théodore Pellerin ... Antoine (16-22 ans)
Jenyane Provencher Jenyane Provencher ... Jeune fille - trampoline


After 12 years of absence, Louis (Gaspard Ulliel), a writer, goes back to his hometown, planning on announcing his upcoming death to his family. As resentment soon rewrites the course of the afternoon, fits and feuds unfold, fuelled by loneliness and doubt, while all attempts of empathy are sabotaged by people's incapacity to listen and love. Written by Polly_Kat

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The cast has 4 César winners (Nathalie Baye, Marion Cotillard, Gaspard Ulliel and Vincent Cassel) and 1 César nominee (Léa Seydoux). See more »


Suzanne: Drop it, mom. Jeez!
La mère: Our aerobics song. I'm obsessed, it's a real find.
Suzanne: Everybody found it, mom.
La mère: Translation said it's about Picasso being in love, or Picasso... anyway it wasn't clear.
[they both start dancing to O-Zone - Dragostea Din Tei]
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Referenced in We Look Good in Death (2019) See more »


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You need to look more closely & listen to what's NOT said
18 September 2016 | by carmenmartinoSee all my reviews

b.r.i.l.l.i.a.n.t! I saw this movie at TIFF on Sept. 17 and it was the first Dolan film I've seen. It deserves the award it received at Cannes! Despite all the shouting and intensity, this film conveys with subtlety, suggestive dialogue and glances, the range of emotions felt by different members of a family when there has been an unexplained loss of another family member. Even though the main character, Louis, is still alive and returns to the family, they react as if he has returned from an unexpected death. They range from guilt, rage, idealization, and denial.The close-up filming style also reveals each family member's pain in intimate detail. Dolan is brilliant in his interpretation of that family's deep pain and Louis's coming to terms with not only his own impending death but the "death" the family already has had to deal with when he went away the first time.

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30 June 2017 (USA) See more »

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It's Only the End of the World See more »


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