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Nocturama (2017)

Nocturama (2017)

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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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Manal Issa
as Sabrina
Luis Rego
as Jean-Claude
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Critic Reviews for Nocturama

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (8)

It is at once damnable and debonair. It seduces as it repels.

August 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.

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

When the ruthless, faceless power of the state finally asserts itself, what is meant to be a shocking climax merits little more than a nod and a shrug.

August 10, 2017 | Full Review…

The film mesmerizes and alienates equally.

August 8, 2017 | Full Review…

If this is artistic self-indulgence, then please, please, let us have more.

November 15, 2016 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Nocturama makes an intriguingly cinematic case for showing over telling. But as a depiction of how, and why, terrorists (or anarchists or whatever they are) can take down a city, it falls apart in the face of what happens in the real world.

October 21, 2016 | Full Review…

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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

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