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Social media divides more than it unites: Xavier Dolan

Published 15/10/2016

Marion Cotillard attending the 60th BFI London Film Festival screening of Its Only The End Of The World
Marion Cotillard attending the 60th BFI London Film Festival screening of Its Only The End Of The World

Social media divides society more than uniting it, award winning director Xavier Dolan has said.

The Canadian writer and director, 27, adapted a 1990 French play for his latest film It's Only The End of The World and believes the content is more relative now than when it was initially produced.

Arriving on the red carpet at the BFI London Film Festival premiere of his new film, which stars Marion Cotillard and Vincent Cassel, Dolan told the Press Association: "Is there a more timely moment in history to be talking about miscommunication and misunderstandings than today?

"We have so many ways and platforms of reaching to each other - I'm thinking about social media - yet they are making us grow apart and they are divisive."

It's Only The End of The World, based on stage-play of the same name by Jean-Luc Lagarce, tells the story of a French writer who returns to his hometown planning to tell his family that he is dying.

The character's inability to listen and love fuelled Dolan's idea that society needs the script more now than it did in 26 years ago.

He said: "I'm even under the impression it might even be more relative now that it has ever been because it tackles and addresses issues with communication between human beings."

The young director, who won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival for his 2014 film Mommy, said he initially found the original script "cold-hearted and not very relatable".

He added: "I re-read it again five years later and it was just completely something else. It was suddenly very moving."

He revealed he chose to include a large number of close-up shots of the characters' faces as they "had so many things to say but also so many things to feel".

"I felt that being close to them, their eyes, their smiles, the things you don't see in a wider dimension, we'd be somehow closer to the heart of the movie."

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