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Nocturama uses an unorthodox perspective and repellent protagonists to offer sobering statements about modern society -- and deliver uniquely suspenseful entertainment.



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The new film by Bertrand Bonello (Saint Laurent, House of Pleasures) is a terrorism thriller like no other, recalling Robert Bresson's The Devil, Probably as much as it does George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead. We first follow a group of tense, shifty adolescents as they prowl the streets and subways of Paris, learning through carefully delineated sequences that they're already well underway with a bombing plot. And then it becomes something familiar, yet altogether different, as these subversives tuck away inside a shopping mall and lose themselves in consumer culture - clothes, televisions, toys, and a stirring soundtrack that includes Blondie, Chief Keef, Shirley Bassey, Bonello's menacing electronic score, and Willow Smith. Will they survive the unseen, encroaching authorities? Or, as the walls close in, will they even survive each other? Nocturama presents no easy answers; what it does offer is one of the 21st century's most stirring cinematic experiences.


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Critic Reviews for Nocturama

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  • Though director Bertrand Bonello's exacting vision of a Parisian terror plot is as stylised and tensely structured as a psychological thriller, the drama plays out with unnerving realism.

    Oct 8, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Much like Bonello's previous film, "Yves Saint Laurent," "Nocturama" revels in pure experience. But the sum total of its gliding abstractions is a mite brainless.

    Sep 7, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • You're in for the most suspenseful film to hit town all year.

    Sep 7, 2017 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • The frivolity of the film's unexpressed political earnestness-Bonello's unwillingness to give voice to his or his characters' ideas-is matched by the emptiness of its aesthetic.

    Aug 28, 2017 | Full Review…
  • It is at once damnable and debonair. It seduces as it repels.

    Aug 14, 2017 | Full Review…
  • You may not think that a movie that asks you to understand terrorists is for you, but if you give Bonello 130 minutes of your time, he'll make you a believer.

    Aug 11, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Nocturama

  • Aug 20, 2017
    The filmmaking is hypnotic, but I'm more interested in the nihilistic, hypocritical, and almost hipster like terrorism of the protagonists. Their motivations are deliberately muddled, yeah it's anti-establishment but each character revels in the material world they supposedly despise.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 27, 2017
    Nocturama is not only a gripping (and tense) drama/thriller but also a fascinating narrative exercise whose strength turns out to be its main weakness. Full review on filmotrope. com
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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