The City of Your Final Destination

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): James Ivory
Production: Screen Media Films
  1 win & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
117 min

[rhythmic instrumental music]

[sweeping wistful music]

[sprawling music]

[dog barking]



Victor, come on!


Bad dog.


[birds singing]

[barking continues]


Oh, hi.

Oh, what have you been doing?

There's South American stamps

on here.

You must know somebody

in Uruguay, Mr. Razaghi.

Sort of.

I hope it's good news.

Thank you.

[dog barks]

"We do not see the need

for an authorized

"biography of Jules Gund

at this time,

nor at any time in the future"?

Why would they

deny me authorization?

It's not like

everyone in the world

is working on a biography

of Jules Gund.

Which one is Caroline Gund?

The widow.

There's a daughter too,

but she didn't sign.

So who's Arden Langdon?

She's the uh...

mistress, I guess.

Adam Gund, that's the brother.

And Ocho Rios is the place

where they all lived together

when Jules Gund was alive.

That's quite a setup:

the brother, the widow,

the lover, a daughter.

That's probably why they don't

want to authorize a biography.

It's too tortured

and incestuous.


"Your request has prompted

much discussion

amongst the trustees."

That could mean

they don't all agree.

[keys jingling]

You'll have to go to Uruguay.


After that letter?

Confront the three executors

and make them

change their minds.

It may be easier than you think.

But they said "no."


You know perfectly well

that without

getting their permission,

there's no fellowship, no money,

no biography,

and no new contract for you

at the university.

Omar, you'll never

get another teaching job.

And what else can you do?



I forgot to heat the milk.

Do you think it matters?

I've never heard of a sublet

that comes with a dog,

and one

with such an elaborate diet.



How could you do that,

fall in a puddle?

It wasn't a puddle.

It was quicksand.

For you, it's quicksand.

For everyone else,

it's a puddle.

It's like you have this

subconscious drive

to fall in, to mess up.

I think I should come with you

to Uruguay.

I've had more experience

with things like that.


I think I should go by myself,

if I decide to go.

Well, if you decide to go,

I think it would be better

for us to do it together.

Better for us

individually and as a couple.

I think it'll be better

for both of us

individually and as a couple

if I were to go by myself.

But I appreciate your offer.

You appreciate my offer?


Omar, it's me, Deirdre.

You don't appreciate my offer.

I almost drowned in quicksand.

I saw my life

flash before my eyes,

and I did not like what I saw.

I've decided to change my life.

I have to be,

you know, more independent.

Like other people.


I don't want you

to be like other people,

to change.

[dog barks]

[barking continues]

Oh, what's wrong, buddy?

You want to go outside?

Let's go outside.

Come on.

Come on!




Out you go.

[door shuts]

[distant barking]

If you fly to Miami first,

it's nonstop from there

to Montevideo.

But that's horribly expensive.

What about Victor?

He's not your dog.

We'll put him in a pound.

Most of them

have a 30-day grace period.

You can redeem him

when you get back.


he's part of the house-sit.

I'm responsible for him.

We can't just throw him

in the pound.

Ah, this is better.

From Houston to Sao Paulo,

then Montevideo.

For some reason,

it's much cheaper.

Ah, it takes much longer.

Don't do that now.

[keyboard clacking]

I'm hurt.

[sighs deeply]

[birds singing]

[horse neighs]

[indistinct voices and whistles]

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Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, (7 May 1927 – 3 April 2013) was a German-born British and American Booker prize-winning novelist, short story writer and two-time Academy Award-winning screenwriter. She is perhaps best known for her long collaboration with Merchant Ivory Productions, made up of director James Ivory and producer Ismail Merchant. After moving to India in 1951, she married Cyrus S. H. Jhabvala, an Indian-Parsi architect. The couple lived in New Delhi and had three daughters. Jhabvala began then to elaborate her experiences in India and wrote novels and tales on Indian subjects. She wrote a dozen novels, 23 screenplays, and eight collections of short stories and was made a CBE in 1998 and granted a joint fellowship by BAFTA in 2002 with Ivory and Merchant. She is the only person to have won both a Booker Prize and an Oscar. more…

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