Everything Went Fine
Still from Francois Ozon’s Everything Went Fine

Everything Went Fine

classified 15 S

Please note: This was screened in June 2022

François Ozon
Sophie Marceau, André Dussollier, Géraldine Pailhas
113 mins, Subtitled, 2022, France
Primary language

Francois Ozon’s (Summer of 85) graceful film about end of life eschews emotional fireworks in favour of delicately observed small moments.

After a stroke leaves him paralyzed in one arm, 85-year-old André (André Dussolier) demands that his eldest daughter Emmanuèle (Sophie Marceau) help him die. With the grudging support of her younger sister Pascale (Géraldine Pailhas), Emmanuèle begins sorting through the complex processes necessary to fulfill her father's unorthodox request.

Ozon’s unsentimental but tender film is interested more in the practical aspects of assisted dying – such as how André’s death will be achieved legally, and - quite frankly - whether it'll be worth the money. Smart, measured, and wrenching in part precisely due to its restraint, Everything Went Fine is a candid study of complicated family ties and the realities of assisted dying.