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The City of Your Final Destination (2010)



Critic Consensus: A stellar cast can't elevate this leaden adaptation that, while just as beautiful as anything director James Ivory's made before, comes off as dusty and dry.

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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. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

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Anthony Hopkins
as Adam Gund
Omar Metwally
as Omar Razaghi
Laura Linney
as Caroline Gund
Charlotte Gainsbourg
as Arden Langdon
Norma Aleandro
as Mrs. Van Euwen
Luciano Suardi
as Doctor Pereira
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Critic Reviews for The City of Your Final Destination

All Critics (56) | Top Critics (20)

Slow, dull and wielding absolutely no emotional impact despite a fine cast.

August 13, 2010 | Rating: D | Full Review…

It's like Paul McCartney's songs after the split with John Lennon - there's some good stuff, but nothing classic.

August 1, 2010 | Full Review…

With a wimpy protagonist and a reticent director driving the story, The City of Your Final Destination doesn't go far enough.

June 25, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

A movie that feels as if it should have been a masterpiece. As it is, it's flawed, uneven work but deserves careful viewing.

June 25, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Like all Merchant/Ivory films, The City of Your Final Destination quietly shimmers.

June 18, 2010 | Rating: 3/4

There's no dramatic mainspring to the story, but the civilized dialogue is refreshing, the South American locations are lovely and Jorge Drexler's score is rapturously romantic.

June 10, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The City of Your Final Destination


Opulent visuals as usual from Ivory almost gives one to forget the slight tale of a writer who travels to Uraguay to try to save his career and, as John Lennon famously said "life happens" in the form of Charlotte Gainsbourg. Hopkins and Linney mail in their performances, but perhaps that's all that was required of them.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

A slow moving story of finding love. Interesting people may not always make the most interesting characters. The actors give strong performances, but the story just feels to drag.

Thomas Johnston
Thomas Johnston

Super Reviewer


Sometimes a movie is nothing special neither good nor bad just okay but contains within it a top flight performance, this is one of those films and Laura Linney's is the performance of note. She plays a woman who is icy and remote but thanks to her skill she makes her intriguing and at times very humorous. Why isn't this woman a huge star? Had she been around in the 30's and 40's she would have been right up in the forefront with Davis, Crawford and Barbara Stanwyck tearing her way through the grade A material. The rest of the picture is standard with beautiful cinematography but just an average story and the rest of the performers fail to impress.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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