After sharing the Jury Prize with Jean-Luc Godard back in 2014 for Mommy, Xavier Dolan is returning to the Cannes Film Festival competition line-up with It’s Only the End of the World, translated from Juste La Fin Du Monde. The French-language film, coming from Jean-Luc Lagarce‘s play, stars Marion Cotillard, Léa Seydoux, Vincent Cassel, Nathalie Baye and Gaspard Ulliel, and today the first clips have arrived.
The first clip finds all of our characters at the dinner table discussing wanting to visit an old house, while the second shows a tender exchange between Ulliel and Baye’s characters. If anything can be gleaned from these, it looks like Dolan has a fantastic ensemble and is perhaps returning to more formally standard techniques after experimenting with Mommy. Check them out below after the official synopsis, followed by the poster, and return for our review from the festival for the film running 95 minutes.
After 12 years of absence, 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, fueled by loneliness and doubt, while all attempts of empathy are sabotaged by people’s incapacity to listen and love.
It’s Only the End of the World premieres on May 19th at Cannes.