All Night Long Reviews
Set during one night, it is a series of minidramas, little romantic episodes in which people meet, embrace, kiss; nothing is ever really spelled out, we nevr know anyone's name, yet all the (many) different people are so individualized (though Chantal Akerman does have a love for seeing women walk around in high heels, as she also showed in THE GOLDEN 80s) that each little fragment is a story, complete in itseklf. Yet it's also all edited so that the fragments all cohere into a symphony of love, longing and desire. And the audience's desires are played with: we want to see each couple united, we want to see each couple engaged in a clinch, we want the fulfillment of love.
And so this teasing and hypnotic film weaves its spell to let us know that in the night, love isn't just a possibility, it's an inevitability. Perhaps this is romanticism, but there it is.
Akerman is so sensitive to capture the night vision of the big city.
their loneliness, their craziness, their doubts, their dream, their love , their desire and also their hesitation...are all be captured in this film