Bright Nights (Helle nächte)

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Austrian civil engineer Michael lives with his girlfriend in Berlin. For years, he has barely had any contact with his 14-year-old son Luis. When Michael's father dies the two nonetheless travel together to the funeral which is held in the remote north of Norway. At the deceased's secluded home Michael begins to pack up his late father's personal items - watched in silence by his son. Two people who barely know each other are suddenly caught in an intimate situation. After the funeral, Michael surprises Luis by suggesting that they spend a few days together exploring the region. A road movie begins that is also a journey into their non-existent shared past. Being together turns out to be more difficult than expected. Never having spent any time with each other on a daily basis, they have trouble handling their relationship. Whilst Michael glosses over this situation, Luis can't hide how hurt he is. His father's long years of absence stand between them like a wall. When they are in the car together it feels like the calm before a storm. During the long days of the summer solstice, days when the sun never sets, Michael tries to break the repetitive cycle and find a joint way forward.


Critic Reviews for Bright Nights (Helle nächte)

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A long trudge to nowhere with a mulish refusal to explain anything or let any soupcon of narrative, character development or backstory spoil the pristine landscapes.

Feb 13, 2017 | Full Review…

It all feels so clichéd, with each semi-crisis kept relatively muted, yet positioned exactly where one expects it to be.

Feb 13, 2017 | Full Review…
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Dramatic tension doesn't build in this utterly boring father-son drama.

Jan 24, 2019 | Full Review…

It's as much a landscape film as a character study, as prone to lingering on the subtle expressions of its actors as it is willing to retreat from the primary narrative to proceed without consequence up a fog-enshrouded mountain road.

Nov 10, 2017 | Full Review…

A delicate but grindingly linear, uninflected journey from hatred to hug ...

Feb 13, 2017 | Full Review…

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