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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. Read critic reviews

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An academic (Omar Metwally) goes to Uruguay to persuade the heirs of a deceased author to grant him permission to write the man's biography.

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  • Jan 14, 2013
    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.
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  • Aug 09, 2011
    In "The City of Your Final Destination," Omar(Omar Metwally), an untenured professor, is denied permission to write a biography of Jules Gund, a famous writer, by his survivors. Fearing the adage of 'publish or work in fast food,' his girlfriend Deirdre(Alexandra Maria Lara) eggs him on to plead his case in person and even books his flight to Uruguay. At least, Portia(Ambar Mallman), Jules' daughter by the mistress, Arden(Charlotte Gainsbourg), is kind to him when he gets there as Arden invites him to stay in the guest house while Caroline(Laura Linney), the wife, rudely ignores him. At least, Adam(Anthony Hopkins), the brother, is willing to cooperate, as long as Omar does something in return. "The City of Your Final Destination" is almost, nearly, not quite a good movie that is held together by its great international cast(Norma Aleandro shows up from time to time), especially Anthony Hopkins who again proves that his performances get better the farther he is away from Hollywood. Now, if only the movie had a beginning or an end. For example, it should have started with Omar's arrival in Uruguay. Come to think of it, the middle is not so great, either, as the story mostly meanders through a haunted landscape. It is a shame because there was potential here, especially on the contentious subject of how difficult it can be to deal with literary executors in licensing material which I have been reading a lot about recently.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 18, 2010
    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 n Super Reviewer
  • Nov 10, 2010
    Intriguing study in various shades of control and submission, and wonderfully delicate love story, with Charlotte Gainsbourg providing its emotional center.
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