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  • Summary: 28-year-old Kansas University doctoral student Omar Razaghi, has won a grant to write a biography of Latin American writer Jules Gund. Omar must get through to three people who were close to Gund - his brother, widow, and younger mistress - so he can get authorization to write the biography. (Screen Media Films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 19
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  1. 88
    Every complex member of the writer’s legacy has an agenda, with varying gains and losses, and the power of the film rests in the way it captures so many tangled lives as they cross and intersect at curious angles. The camera is literal, so the film sometimes fails to escape its roots of literary inspiration. This did not bother me. How many times do you get the chance to curl up with a good movie?
  2. Besides Ms. Linney’s excellent performance and Mr. Hopkins’s good one, the best things about the movie are its sensuous cinematography by Javier Aguirresarobe (“Talk to Her,” “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”) and a gorgeous soundtrack.
  3. Reviewed by: Deborah Young
    70
    Its appeal naturally will be to book-reading audiences who appreciate films with well-written dialogue, a tony cast, lush visuals and the triumph of civilized values.
  4. 58
    All that talent behind and in front of the camera is mostly wasted due to a rare substandard screenplay.
  5. 50
    This long and overly genteel adaptation of Peter Cameron's 2002 novel never quite comes to a boil.
  6. Filled with unrealized possibilities and fraught with flaws, Final Destination seems destined to be little more than a footnote in the anthology of extraordinary films to come out of the long creative collaboration between producer Merchant, director James Ivory and screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala.
  7. When you get to the end of The City of Your Final Destination, you may discover that there is no there there.

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  1. Oct 17, 2010
    8
    A charming film. Beautiful contrasting character portraits are drawn out with good performances and elegant dialogue. It would have been easy to over-dramatise, but the unfolding events are skilfully under-played, letting the tension speak for itself rather than exclaimed with trite confrontations. Of arguably little consequence, but the entire film rings true. Expand