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522 Ratings

Last Night

Directed by Don McKellar
Canada, France, 1998
Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi


It’s 18:00 in a somewhat deserted Toronto on the last day before the scheduled end of the world at midnight, the end which has been known now for months.

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Last Night Directed by Don McKellar

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1998 | Winner: Award of the Youth (Foreign Film)

Toronto International Film Festival

1998 | Winner: Best Canadian First Feature Film

Mar del Plata International Film Festival

1998 | Winner: OCIC Award

What are people saying?

  • sTuff's rating of the film Last Night

    it suddenly became my one of all-time favorites. it may become a life changing experience, and i already started to think of what would i do at a tragic night like this. very very nice music for every scene and great direction of art.

  • Groovy Monster's rating of the film Last Night

    Watched this last night, heh. Was alright. I'm a huge fan of end of the world type films (& books) so I definitely dug the premise here. But while it had some very intriguing (and unique) ideas and things to say, I just found the execution quite pedestrian. Had a decided "made for [Canadian] TV" feel. Also, personally, David Cronenberg as an ACTOR, just never works for me. I keep thinking, it's DAVID CRONENBERG! :D

  • dianadhm's rating of the film Last Night

    Not a film about a cataclysm, but about a circumstance. It doesn't try to paint a full picture of, quite certain, the worst scenario imaginable; more like the shower thoughts of one person. Not a bigger picture, a very small subjective one. Also, the crowd is symbolic of us as a species; idiots in a good way. The final silence is marking; a human breath, life, surrounded by nothingness. A humored sentimental ride.

  • dionysus67's rating of the film Last Night

    As if investing solely, like its title, in the cataclysmically moving finale of the last act of love (an impressive shot and scene) amid catastrophe, McKellar's film is a nice and sophisticated alternative to 'end of the world' movie craze. Drawing on ground to earth characters it tells its story with a mix of zest and detachment, although overall style could have been better. Worth watching!

  • Joel's rating of the film Last Night

    A haunting and deceptively simple film. Begins as a delightfully Canadian character drama but somehow pulls you into the question of the film. I loved how little was explained about the cause which made its impact so universal.

  • Kyle Knapp's rating of the film Last Night

    Too often veers into amateurish high concept TV movie territory (the score is particularly awful), and it has about two subplots too many, but the majority of it works, and when it does, it's powerful. By virtue of its premise it made me consider questions no other movie ever has. I started unimpressed, but it crept up on me, and the final minutes had me totally overwhelmed.

  • Isabelle Eberhardt's rating of the film Last Night

    I saw this one when it was first released in '98 and found it excellent... having watched it again I'd say it generally stands the test of time. Yes, there are some not-so-great things about it: some of the dialogue is overly expositional and clunky, and the music is horribly distracting. But you've got to admit that that last scene is visually arresting and quite moving.

  • n i g h t & f o g's rating of the film Last Night

    It's the last night on Earth and Don McKellar just wants to be alone. Of course, there are family obligations: his delusional mom is intent on recreating memories of yore by staging a phoney Christmas dinner. Meanwhile, Sandra Oh with her mysterious box needs to get home before midnight. Also features the always-cute Sarah Polley and a cameo by director David Cronenberg as a gas man (WTF?!)

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