Friday Night (2003)


Critic Consensus: A dreamy, visually poetic film.


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Paris resident Laure (Valerie Lemercier) has just finished packing her belongings in preparation for moving in with her lover, though she is oblivious to her apparent jitters at doing so. As she leaves her apartment for the night to join a pair of friends for dinner, Laure gets held up in traffic, due to a crippling public transportation strike. As she waits in her car, she finds a sense of serenity in the midst of all the chaos and begins to watch a number of people as they work their way through the congestion. One man in particular attracts her attention, as he also seems to be calmly regarding the traffic jam and its participants. The man, Jean (Vincent Lindon), gets into Laure's car and transports her down a number of side streets and away from all the confusion -- as both the strangers begin to feel an attraction toward one another. Director Claire Denis' Vendredi Soir was selected to compete in a number of film festivals in 2002, including the Venice Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival.


Hélène Fillières
as Woman in the Pizzeria
Florence Loiret-Caille
as Girl Playing Pinball
Gregoire Colin
as Passer-by in a Parka
Gilles D'Ambra
as Tired Woman's Husband
Micha Lescot
as Receptionist
Gianfranco Poddighe
as Hotel Maitre D'
Didier Woldemard
as Driver of the Van
Nicolas Struve
as Repair Man No. 1
Jérôme Pouly
as Repair Man No. 2
Nausicaa Meyer
as Repair Woman
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Critic Reviews for Friday Night

All Critics (54) | Top Critics (18)

Beautiful and moody, fiercely intelligent and astoundingly chilly.

Oct 3, 2003 | Rating: 2/4

Might make action fans pull their hair out.

Oct 2, 2003 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

A great and simple movie romance.

Aug 27, 2003 | Full Review…

Laure is uptight, slightly vacant, often confused. That the film becomes slightly surreal in the second half doesn't help.

Aug 8, 2003 | Rating: 2/4

This one doesn't have the crackle of Denis's best efforts ... but it quietly rewards those who have enormous patience.

Aug 1, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

I didn't buy it for a minute, though I did enjoy it.

Jul 19, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/4

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