The City of Your Final Destination

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28-year-old Kansas University doctoral student Omar Razaghi wins a grant to write a biography of Latin American writer Jules Gund...

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 6.3/10 (1,264 voted)

Critic's Score: 52/100

Director: James Ivory

Stars: Omar Metwally, Anthony Hopkins, Charlotte Gainsbourg

28-year-old Kansas University doctoral student Omar Razaghi wins 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.

Writers: Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Peter Cameron

Nicholas Blandullo - Young Adam
Sofía Viruboff - Adam's Mother
James Martin - Postman
Omar Metwally - Omar Razaghi
Alexandra Maria Lara - Deirdre Rothemund
Susana Salerno - Helpful People at the Bus Depot
César Bordón - Helpful People at the Bus Depot
Diego Velazquez - Helpful People at the Bus Depot
Rossana Gabbiano - Helpful People at the Bus Depot
Julieta Vallina - Schoolbus Lady
Ambar Mallman - Portia Gund
Charlotte Gainsbourg - Arden Langdon
Laura Linney - Caroline
Norma Argentina - Alma
Hector Fonseca - Old Gaucho


Official Website: Official site |

Release Date: 24 June 2010

Filming Locations: Boulder, Colorado, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $8,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $24,401 (USA) (18 April 2010) (1 Screen)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

In the original novel, the character of Caroline was French. The character's nationality was changed when Laura Linney expressed interest in the role.

Caroline: Adam, do you like life?
Adam: [chuckles] Well, I wouldn't like to live forever. But um, for a little while, yes, but... yes, I like it.
Caroline: But living here? You wouldn't rather be somewhere else, New York, London?
Adam: No.
Caroline: Why not?
Adam: Because you have to care about - or at least pretend to care about everything: politics, fashion, culture. It's just exhausting.
Caroline: What I wouldn't give to see some new painters, a new play, go to the opera... Yes, I know. "To Moscow, Olga."
Adam: Yeah.

User Review

A Confounding Compound

Rating: 8/10

Greetings again from the darkness. Most everyone is familiar with the peak of Merchant-Ivory genius which included: A Room With a View, Remains of the Day, and Howerd's End to name a few. Ismail Merchant died a few years ago, but director James Ivory returns with a powerful, yet odd film based on Peter Cameron's novel.

The film boasts a very nice cast: Anthony Hopkins as the aging, gay man who is the brother of a famous (now dead) novelist; Laura Linney as the widow of the writer; and Charlotte Gainsbourg as the writer's former mistress. Oh yeah, these three all live together in a compound in Uruguay on land the writer left behind after his suicide.

The story gets interesting when Omar (played by Omar Metwally) shows up unannounced after receiving a declination of his offer to write a biography on the novelist. Hopkins supports the idea as he expects it will generate book sales and revenue for the group. Linney is flat against it thinking it will spill too many secrets. Gainsbourg initially sides with Linney, but changes her vote when she falls for Omar.

On the surface, the story is about Omar's attempt to win Linney's bitter character to change her mind. The much more interesting story is Omar's awakening in this oddball community now that he is out of the grasp of his domineering type A girlfriend and co-worker played superbly by Alexandra Maria Lara. Talk about a personality that makes you want to turn and walk away! She almost makes Linney's character seem humane.

Mr. Ivory excels in subtlety and he is in fine form here. So many "little" moments make this story really click. Not to mention it is beautifully photographed. This is a really good film that will probably get lost in the mass confusion of summer giants like Twilight and Toy Story 3. If you get the chance, make the time to see this one.


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