In this witty tragicomedy, 50-something Montreal college professor Remy learns that he is dying of liver cancer. During his final days, he is reunited with old friends, former lovers, his ex-wife, and his son, as they reflect on their exploits and political ideals.
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Made me cry, both times I watched it. The opening sequence is unbelievable filmmaking as well, those long steadicam shots. And the characters are so fully realized, the dialog so good, everything about this movie is splendid.
This is the ideal way to die--attended by understanding family and bathed in the jokes and shenanigans of the intellectual and sensual comrades of a lifetime. Could there be a more satisfying way to go?
A challenging film though the performances and script is truly amazing. Death and dying is a troubling subject for any genre (see my review for The Bucket List at my blog http://www.rorydean.wordpress.com) but this film is as ARNAUD writes, a layered film that deserves your attention and your time. The story and dialog are so intertwined that the characters feel like old friends, family even. Touching and memorable.
Though it makes reference to the intelligent, the film itself is not intellectual. It's a broad comedy and a trite drama; albeit effective at both, though not quite charming enough to cancel out the chauvinism.
Sort of wish it had just stuck with the medical buerocracy of the first act.
The first hour was ok, but the long ending sequence at the cottage was wonderful. "We can't decipher the past, how can we know the future?" A man is afraid to die without having found a meaning to life and to leave no mark. "I have missed you all my life." Primo Levi, E.M. Cioran, Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn and Samuel Pepys. "The history of mankind is a history of horrors." Loved Arvo Pärt selections for soundtrack.