Lisa Schwarzbaum
April 15, 2010 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The City of Your Final Destination

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
114 minutes
Limited Release Date
04/16/10
performer
Anthony Hopkins, Laura Linney, Charlotte Gainsbourg
director
James Ivory
author
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

We gave it a C+

Adapted from Peter Cameron’s 2002 novel about a grad student in Uruguay who seeks a family’s permission to write a biography of a dead minor novelist, this wandering, elegiac production is the first film director James Ivory made after the 2005 death of his partner, Ismail Merchant. The City of Your Final Destination is lovely to look at — and languid to the point of stultifying torpor, as interesting characters make speeches to one another about life, love, and literature. C+

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