City of Your Final Destination

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After winning a grant to write a biography of the hispanic author jules gund, iranian-american student omar 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, wife and mistress.


Studio Screen Media/gaiam
SKU 216011054
UPC 814838010144
UPC 14 00814838010144
Format DVD
Release Date 11/9/2010
Rating Rating
Family Life
Editors Note
Note Historically noteworthy as the first Merchant Ivory production that lacked the involvement of longtime producer Ismail Merchant (he died three years prior to this movie's release), director James Ivory's THE CITY OF YOUR FINAL DESTINATION embodies an adaptation of Peter Cameron's 2005 novel of the same name, written for the screen by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. Omar Metwally stars as Omar Razaghi, a young graduate student in the U.S. who wishes to author a biography on the late Jules Gund -- an enigmatic writer who spent his final years with his family in Uruguay, then committed suicide. Omar writes the Gund clan to request permission to pen the text, but is shocked and baffled by the family's refusal to comply. At the urging of Omar's forceful girlfriend, Dierdre (Alexandra Maria Lara), Omar books a seat about the next flight to Uruguay, visits the Gund enclave, and tries to persuade them to change their minds. Present are Gund's gay twin brother Adam (Anthony Hopkins), his widow Caroline (Laura Linney), his mistress Arden (Charlotte Gainsbourg), and his young daughter by Arden, Portia (Ambar Mallman). Omar works on the family members one by one, but runs into extreme difficulty both with Caroline -- a hateful woman bearing deep-seated resentments, who initially refuses to comply with the project at all costs -- and with Adam, who agrees to participate on the condition that Omar perform a dangerous favor in return. Meanwhile, passions begin to stir between Omar and Arden, and Dierdre decides to pay a visit. Unfortunately, THE CITY OF YOUR FINAL DESTINATION received severely limited theatrical distribution, and failed to make much of a splash at the box office, despite favorable notices from a number of U.S. critics and Ivory's excellent track record.
New York Times "THE CITY OF YOUR FINAL DESTINATION is as pure an example of the Merchant Ivory brand of upscale literary cinema as devotees of HOWARDS END, A ROOM WITH A VIEW and REMAINS OF THE DAY could ask for." 04/16/2010
Charlotte Gainsbourg
Laura Linney
Anthony Hopkins
Hiroyuki Sanada
Cast & Crew
Charlotte Gainsbourg - Star
Laura Linney - Star
Anthony Hopkins - Star
Hiroyuki Sanada - Star
Omar Metwally - Star
Ambar Mallman - Co-Star
Luciano Suardi - Co-Star
Javier Aguirresarobe - Director of Photography
Alexandra Maria Lara - Co-Star
Norma Argentina - Co-Star
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala - Screenwriter
Peter Cameron - Source Writer
Jorge Drexler - Composer
Norma Aleandro - Co-Star
James Ivory - Director
Technical Info
UPC 00814838010144
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 118 minutes
DVD, Widescreen
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD

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