You and the Night (Les rencontres d'après minuit)2013
You and the Night (Les rencontres d'après minuit) (2013)
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Critic Reviews for You and the Night (Les rencontres d'après minuit)
Surreal and over-constructed, this offbeat French drama often feels more like a stage play than a movie, with its pointed dialogue and a cast of "types".
The film's prurient philosophising can be frustratingly pithy but there's a cheeky gag around every corner and the imaginative visuals, committed performances and tendency to transgress mean things are never less than interesting.
You and the Night defies being categorised as solely for a LGBT audience, but the film's abstract narrative and transgressive sprinkles still means that it will probably find more of an appreciation with a niche audience.
[A] chamber piece of sex, surreality and the absurd, like something by Luis Buñuel or Luigi Pirandello, or a sexed-up version of TS Eliot's The Cocktail Party.
Both a grower and a shower, You and the Night's ropy beginnings give way to a trippy, smart and distinctly original delight.
Audience Reviews for You and the Night (Les rencontres d'après minuit)
An aesthetically gorgeous film infused with intense eroticism in its "sensory jukebox" and with a surreal atmosphere highlighted by M83's trippy score, although it goes a bit too far in its efforts to be profound and poetic, becoming instead prolix and self-indulgent.
A strange brew. A mystical couple and their maid host a gathering of nameless souls to indulge in an orgy that turns into a group therapy session. Lots of surreal images, a little bit of skin, here and there, with a healthy dose of male full-frontal nudity and a sad group of characters made this a difficult film to process. But in spite of that, this viewer found it quite interesting. It is slow moving, but full of rich visuals. The dialog seemed a bit pretentious, but, as I am not a francophone, I do not know if that was the fault of the script or the subtitles. A typical ambiguous French ending. Will he, or won't he?
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