When Night Is Falling (1995)
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This Canadian drama tells the tale of Camille, who works at an uptight Protestant college as a professor of mythology. She has been going out with career theologian Martin for three years, but it appears her real true love is her dog, Bob. Bob dies in a tragic car accident and poor Camille is devastated. She is so upset that she grabs the wrong clothes from the laundromat. The clothes belong to the beautifully predatory Petra. Camille discovers the error and returns them to Petra's workplace, an avant-garde circus in an empty warehouse where Petra confesses that she switched them on purpose so she could seduce Camille. Camille demurs. Petra begins following her, and gets to kiss her in the lobby. Eventually the persistent Petra succeeds and the two become lovers. … More
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Critic Reviews for When Night Is Falling
It is so focused on its own boldness, its dare-to-shock sensuality (the film got an NC-17 from the MPAA, but is being released unrated), that nothing else comes through.
When Night is Falling has too many unintended laughs for its passion to be convincing.
Rozema is a fabulist with a strong visual sense, and she creates a distinctive, enclosed world to illustrate Camille's odyssey.
Symbols are supposed to be subtle, but Rozema is intent upon bludgeoning the audience with them.
The film is intelligent, sensitive and in its own uniquely quiet way quite a delicious treat.
A well-done portrait of a person who has to come to grips with the fact that love, while a many-splendoured thing, is also extremely unpredictable.
Those looking for an earnest depiction (and one that doesn't wallow in the seemingly inherent 'leering' of similar films), it's probably worthy of a look.
Powerful film that beautifully choreographs the potencies of sexual desire in a woman who has put too much emphasis upon her mind.
When compared to such incisive lesbian dramas as Lianna and Desert Hearts, Rozema's effort seems flat and banal.
A seductive, sensuous experience.
Audience Reviews for When Night Is Falling
A beautiful and touching film from Patricia Rozema and one of my favourite Canadian films.
What makes it a classic however is the epic performance of Tom Melissis as Hang Glider #2.
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