Pasatiempo - - Moving Images - Jonathan Richards For The New Mex­i­can

A young Ira­ni­anAmer­i­can aca­demic (Omar Met­wally, Mu­nich) trav­els to Uruguay to try to con­vince the heirs of a fa­mous Latin Amer­i­can nov­el­ist to co­op­er­ate in a bi­og­ra­phy of the great man. A Mer­chant-Ivory pro­duc­tion, this movie has many of the team’s fa­mil­iar qual­i­ties: it’s lit­er­ary, high-minded, man­nerly, and lan­guidly paced, with a fine cast headed by An­thony Hopkins, Laura Lin­ney, and Char­lotte Gains­bourg. With Mer­chant gone, this is ru­mored to be the last film from 81-year-old di­rec­tor James Ivory. If it doesn’t mea­sure up to his best, it’s still thought­ful, in­tel­li­gent, and a wor­thy farewell. Rated PG-13. 118 min­utes. In English and Span­ish with sub­ti­tles.

CCA Cine­math­eque, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards)

IThe City of Your Fi­nal Des­ti­na­tion, lit­er­ary drama, rated PG-13, 118 min­utes, in English and Span­ish with sub­ti­tles, CCA Cine­math­eque, 3 chiles Mer­chant-Ivory is a brand name that has in­spired con­fi­dence for al­most half a cen­tury. The im­print en­dures, al­though half the team, the pro­ducer Is­mail Mer­chant, died five years ago. The City of Your Fi­nal Des­ti­na­tion, which went into pro­duc­tion shortly af­ter Mer­chant’s death and was com­pleted three years ago amid a morass of fi­nan­cial and le­gal prob­lems, is now be­ing re­leased. Word has it that this is the swan song of 82-year-old di­rec­tor James Ivory. If that proves to be the case, this pic­ture would de­serve at­ten­tion sim­ply out of re­spect, if for no other rea­son. But of course there are other rea­sons, if not per­haps quite so many or of such per­sua­sive­ness as in the past.

City has a num­ber of fa­mil­iar Mer­chant-Ivory trap­pings. It has a lit­er­ary prove­nance (adapted from the 2002 novel by Peter Cameron) and a lit­er­ary theme; it’s high-minded, man­nerly, and lan­guidly paced; and it boasts a fine cast headed by Mer­chant-Ivory vet­eran ac­tor An­thony Hopkins ( The Re­mains of the Day, Howards End), Laura Lin­ney, and Char­lotte Gains­bourg.

The story fol­lows the for­tunes of Omar Raza­ghi (Omar Met­wally, Mu­nich), a young Ira­nian-

Coma es­tás: Am­bar Mall­man and Hiroyuki Sanada

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