Nocturama Reviews

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February 5, 2020
Little is said about the particular ideology of the film's main characters... It's this abstraction of meaning, the way the film refuses to prescribe an interpretation to the events unfolding, that makes it challenging and, ultimately, rewarding.
June 4, 2019
A chilling look at the cyclical nature of violence, and the failure of governments to listen to their people.
May 1, 2019
An important piece is that Bonello avoids a particular ideology or religion. Because one major element distinguishes all terrorists: emptiness.
November 10, 2018
A masterful study of political and commercial spaces intersecting to the point of personal crisis, Nocturama is one of the boldest creations you're bound to come across. It's also one of the best, because it never wastes a minute of its time.
March 15, 2018
Inhabits the nihilistic and violent mood of the times.
March 6, 2018
Part of what's so refreshing about "Nocturama" is that it arrives at a time when the Western media assumes that political violence is always linked to Islamic fundamentalism, and TV and films rarely represent the far left...
February 21, 2018
Although leaving the motivations of the characters to our imagination and fabricating a couple of strained situations that aim to be cool, Nocturama has acceptable moments of suspense and exhales estrangement all around.
January 16, 2018
The form and the background of Nocturama do not merge, but collide with each other in an outcome that denies us any possible tranquility. [Full review in Spanish]
January 8, 2018
Nocturama works so well because it does not spoon-feed us any answers. In fact, by the film's end, many may be left with more questions than answers. And perhaps that was Bonello's point all along.
November 27, 2017
... these young people love as much as they despise the world they live in, one of sophisticated materialism, an oppressive system so meticulously designed that it can only be destroyed, completely, by itself. [Full review in Spanish]
November 17, 2017
At least with regards to what it is composed of, Nocturama is many things.
October 15, 2017
Bonnello has talent, his views are complex and the film also raises interesting questions. He should be taken very seriously.
October 9, 2017
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.
October 6, 2017
The first half is a crisply executed caper thriller of an elaborate, exacting terrorist action undertaken by young adults who seem to have no political ideology beyond a desire to tear it all down...
September 21, 2017
The film is a carefully constructed hall of mirrors within which Bonello shows us the horror of anger without empathy, and the state as the most terrifying player of all. It is a pitch black allegory for our time.
September 18, 2017
Mesmerising and provocative... with a simply stunning command of his visceral visuals and unnerving mood.
September 8, 2017
Exquisite cinema. A sly siren, Nocturama is narcotic phase, slow-burn haze, a shifty, shifting thriller inspecting terrorism and youth. A bombing plot, a dance of death... Another distracted, neglected, maligned generation.
September 7, 2017
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.
September 7, 2017
You're in for the most suspenseful film to hit town all year.
August 17, 2017
Testing the viewer's position on who or what the victims are here is partly what makes Nocturama such a horribly exhilarating and rewarding piece of cinema.
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