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:: The City Of Your Final Destination

If you are a lover of serious films then keep reading because I think you will really want to see ‘The City Of Your Final Destination’… a film I found so beautiful that it felt like I was looking at a painting by an European Master in a Gallery of Fine Art. Everything just seems to fall into place with this film – a great script, visually stunning and a cast that most directors would kill to work with.

Based on Peter Cameron’s novel ‘The City Of Your Final Destination’ follows 28-year-old writer, Omar Razaghi (Omar Metwally) who is trying to write a biography on novelist Jules Gund. However when the Gund estate denies him permission to do so his girlfriend, Deirdre (Alexandra Maria Lara) demands that he travel to Paraguary and confront the Estate face-to-face. Omar reluctantly agrees to do so and arrives to find Jules’ brother, Adam (Anthony Hopkins), Adam’s boyfriend Pete (Hiroyuki Sanada), Jules’ widow, Caroline (Laura Linney) and Jules’ mistress, Arden (Charlotte Gainsbourg). While Omar seems to win over Adam, Pete and Arden fairly easily it is different when it comes to Caroline, and an accident will only complicate things even more.

I can hear a lot of people saying that this isn’t the kind of film for them, but I think they would be seriously surprised how this film sucks you in. It has a slow pace but director, James Ivory handles this nicely, while screenwriter, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala has made the story and characters so interesting that you can’t help but become so involved that you want to know what is going to happen to them. Ivory makes the harsh countryside of Paraguary seem absolutely beautiful and the inclusion of some black comedy and harsh lines delivered from Linney will have the audience chuckling along.

As you would except, Laura Linney, Anthony Hopkins and Charlotte Gainsbourg put in some wonderful performances and I really was impressed by a fine performance by Omar Metwally who doesn’t allow the much more experienced cast over-shadow him. He seems to be able to mix his comedy with his drama remarkably well and pulls of some incredibly intense scenes with a maturity that I thought was beyond him.

James Ivory really does need to be congratulated for creating such a beautiful film. While parts of the story may be predictable you can easily overlook that while you an awe of such a stellar cast and characters that you can’t help but care about. A wonderful film for lovers of fine films.