The City of Your Final Destination
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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Pretty good. Anthony Hopkins Hopkins has performed much better in other movies.Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
Anthony Hopkins and Laura Linny are always incredible ...movie fell short thoughPublished 1 month ago by elizabeth
Absolute GARBAGE. What an Anthony Hopkins 'advertised' SHAM.
Do NOT waste your time.
The City of Your Final Destination is a great movie. I watched it 3 times in a row. Just because I kept finding new aspects in it each time. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mema
I love it when I'm still thinking about a movie days/weeks after viewing. It usually means I'll watch it again. Many layers. Great characters.Published 1 month ago by Stone's Throw
Why is Laura Linney always in the best films even if her part is not always the best one? This is a fine and unusual example from the Ivory trio.Published 2 months ago by E. A. Russell