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TIFF Picks 09: Larrieu Bros.’ Les Derniers jours du monde

A preem at Locarno hasn’t brought about glowing reviews for this dystopian flick with the two plus hour run time. I’m not sure if this is an overly ambitious project or just a difficult sell.

#22. LES DERNIERS JOURS DU MONDE

Director: Jean-Marie Larrieu and Arnaud Larrieu
Cast:Mathieu Amalric, Catherine Frot, Karin Viard, Sergi Lopez, Omahyra Mota
Distributor: Rights Available.

Buzz: A preem at Locarno hasn’t brought about glowing reviews for this dystopian flick with the two plus hour run time. I’m not sure if this is an overly ambitious project or just a difficult sell, but I’ll rally behind this one because I need something less grim to work with my appreciation of Children of Men.

The Gist: A global apocalypse is about to destroy all mankind. In a final quest, Robinson (Mathieu Amalric) sets out on a journey from France to Spain, searching for Laetitia, the woman he once loved, even if it means heading back to the centre of the danger zone. But as the world is turning upside down, most people – through their blind panic – have decided to simply enjoy their last days on the planet abandoning themselves to a few final moments of pleasure and lust.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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