City of Your Final Destination PG-13 CC

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After winning a grant to write a biography of the Hispanic author Jules Gund, Iranian-American student Omar (Omar Metwally) must travel to Uruguay and convince the family to give him permission. Omar finds more than expected as he tries to persuade the late writer's brother (Anthony Hopkins), wife (Laura Linney), and mistress (Charlotte Gainsbourg). A complex look at loss, The City of Your Destination is a moving drama from director James Ivory.

Starring:
Nicholas Blandullo, Sofía Viruboff
Runtime:
1 hour 58 minutes

City of Your Final Destination

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Genres Drama
Director James Ivory
Starring Nicholas Blandullo, Sofía Viruboff
Supporting actors James Martin, Omar Metwally, Alexandra Maria Lara, Susana Salerno, César Bordón, Diego Velazquez, Rossana Gabbiano, Julieta Vallina, Ambar Mallman, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Laura Linney, Norma Aleandro, Hector Fonseca, Anthony Hopkins, Hiroyuki Sanada, Oscar Rolleri, Arturo Goetz, Marcos Montes
Studio Screen Media
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 7-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

Anthony Hopkins is amazing.
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It's a story with layer upon layer of emotional depth, and very charming.
Barbara Frederick
I have not read it yet, but it will be a good one, I can just tell.
Dianne Thyret

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 25, 2010
Format: DVD
Peter Cameron's elegant, wistful novel THE CITY OF YOUR FINAL DESTINATION has been well transitioned to the screen by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala and director James Ivory: in so many ways this film brings a host of fond memories of all of the films made by the members of Merchant Ivory films. It has the same sense of grace of transporting one culture into another, of examining interpersonal relationships as they are tied to etiquette and tradition and family, and the chances we take in the name of self-fulfillment and love. It is a mood piece and a delectable offering for the brain.

Omar Razaghi (Omar Metwally) is a postgraduate student and instructor at a Colorado College, living in a tenuous relationship with Deirdre (Alexandra Maria Lara), and delaying his desire to write his PhD thesis -a proposed biography of deceased novelist Jules Gund. He is unhappy with his life, frustrated that his thesis committee will not approve of his dissertation unless he has the family of Jules Gund's permission to write the biography. After a little nudge from a colleague he decides to travel to Uruguay - without Deirdre - to gain permission from the Gund family to proceed. Deirdre, hurt because Omar wants to go without her, insists that Omar travel to Uruguay: this may his only chance to step out of the life whose rut he is in and move on to higher means.

Omar journeys to Uruguay where he meets the Gund 'family' - Gund's gay brother, Adam (Anthony Hopkins) and his lover of 25 years Pete (Hiroyuki Sanada); former wife Caroline (Laura Linney); and Arden (Charlotte Gainsbourg), Gund's mistress and mother of Gund's daughter, Portia. Though greeted with hospitality it is clear that the family, as executors of Gund's estate, refuse to give Omar permission.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on November 8, 2010
Format: DVD
There have been some truly great films created under the Merchant/Ivory banner. More than 20 years later, I can still enthuse rapturously about sequences from "A Room With A View," "Howards End," and "The Remains of the Day." Well "The City of Your Final Destination" is the first major release by director James Ivory since his long time producing partner Ismail Merchant died in 2005, so --in my book--its arrival was quite an event. In adapting Peter Cameron's novel, screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (a frequent Merchant/Ivory collaborator who won Oscars for "Room" and "Howards End") has created a high-minded and stylish literary adaptation. Ivory has assembled a terrific cast including Laura Linney, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Norma Aleandro, and Anthony Hopkins--so, all in all, sounds like a recipe for triumph! Well, here's my rave...."I liked it." Stately and elegant, there was much that I admired about "The City of Your Final Destination"--but ultimately, the film is a little bloodless, a little inert.

When doctoral student Omar embarks on writing a biography of recently deceased author Jules Gund, he initially receives a refusal to participate from Gund's family. Pushed by his aggressive girlfriend, he decides to challenge their denial and travels to Uruguay to visit the estate they all share. The three people standing in his way are Gund's brother (Hopkins), his widow (Linney) and his mistress (Gainsbourg). Omar is soon enchanted by Gainsbourg and befriended by Hopkins, and the book deal starts to seem secondary as he is accepted into this new lifestyle. Linney, his last obstacle, holds steadfast for reasons of her own. All the actors are nice--but while Omar is affable, he is also a bit vacant.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Book Luva on August 31, 2010
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I won't go into the plot and the faithfulness with which it treats with the details of the book from which it is derived. I have not read the book.

James Ivory does not disappoint. This is a movie which struck so many chords with me. Having visited Buenos Aires and other parts of Argentina a few years ago, I identified with the sense of elegance which the film telegraphed both in terms of the gorgeous scenery and the people that it depicted. I recall walking in Recoleta and seeing middle aged very well kept women sporting their furs with a casualness which had long been abandoned in cities like New York years ago, in response to the vociferous anti-fur lobby. But then and there I thought Buenos Aires seemed stuck in a time warp slightly out of touch with a reality that the rest of the world had long since embraced. So too in this movie. Here was a group of people tolerating each other and existing in a world not sustainable anywhere else or in any other context. The author seeking his approval for execution of his precious biography of a deceased author, had a girl friend, Deirdre, who was almost literally disparaged for being too much of the real world and out of sync with the artifice of the gracious but dated Ocho Rios estate and its well-heeled inhabitants. But it was the navigation of that world with language and costuming that was so elegant and measured, that sets this film and its great cast led by Sir Anthony Hopkins, Laura Linney, Omar Metwally, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Hiroyuki Sanada, apart from the ordinary and the mundane.

This film despite being an ode to an upper class existence that most of us will never experience, confers credibility on it and makes us ordinary folk very much interested in how this all turns out for these sorry bunch of misfits bent on validating each other's existence in this finely wrought but fragile world.
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