Xavier Dolan (Mommy) directs this adaptation of Jean-Luc Lagarce, about a young man with an unspecified terminal illness, who returns home after being gone for a dozen years. Louis' plan is to tell his family that he is dying, before leaving again. However, he is greeted with much excitement by a mother who missed him, a sister he barely knew, and a sister-in-law he never met. The only one not happy about Louis' return is his brother Antoine, who holds some deep resentment over his brother's return.
Since debuting in 2009, actor- turned-director Xavier Dolan has become one of Canada's hottest young filmmakers. The France co-production It's Only the End of the World marks Dolan's first steps into international filmmaking, as the film includes notable French actors Vincent Cassel, Marion Cotillard, Léa Seydoux. Shot mostly in close-ups, with the odd wide shot, It's Only the End of the World literally puts you right in the face of this dysfunctional family as they spend the day together. The film keeps it ambiguous what exactly Louis' terminal illness is, but it ultimately doesn't matter, since the film is much more about the family's reaction to Louis' return, rather than the reason itself. With this film, Xavier Dolan keeps proving he's a director to watch.