Nuit #1 (2012)
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Some of their dialogue is twaddle -- they're not philosophers -- but the feelings are electric.
Like a filmed stage piece, a series of monologues in which the characters reveal their unhappiness without offering a hint that they might change.
Returning to some of the same themes she explored in her short films, Émond continues her smart contemplation of youth and the difficulties of making meaningful emotional connections in these times.
This is a different kind of movie, as graphic as porn, but not porn, not titillating and not unintelligent.
Despite the allure of the actors and some witty lines, it's ultimately quite wearying to be confronted with such determination to turn youth and good looks into existential burdens.
They invest so much humanity in their miserable characters that despite your dislike, you empathize enough to think, there but for the grace of God.
Audience Reviews for Nuit #1
First, the reviews that graded this work with words like 'talkathong', 'twaddle', 'series of monologues', 'miserable characters' are clueless. One reviewer got it - the Miller reviewer. All the other threadbare reviewer wordsmiths demanded heroic aging and 'fitting into the world'-resolutions through soap opra lenses. This was a dystopic look at two smart self-aware attractive characters with similar empty outlooks who can't connect or achieve orgasm with each other. de'Leans final bathtub scene was moving, disturbing, and stunning. The rooftop/school room ending made me feel like the director/writers were not up to the fish they had on the line. The line broke. But it was a hell of a de'Lean fish.
One line summary: Two boring slackers discuss their uninteresting one night stand. ---------------------- Clara and Nikolai meet at a rave. They go home together. They have sex. She cannot sleep, takes a bath, then leaves. He calls her back before she's out the door. They talk, endlessly, in long, pointless, low-energy monologues. Then they talk some more. The problem is, their lives are flat, failed, undistinguished, prosaic: the lives of two slacker drug users who cannot engage life. Who cares? Self-loathing is just not appealing. ------Scores------- Cinematography: 7/10 Fairly good for the difficult low light conditions often chosen by the director. When there was sufficient light, the visuals were rather good. Sound: 5/10 OK, though nothing great. Acting: 4/10 Meh. Any high school drama student could have swapped in for either of the principals. Screenplay: 4/10 Plain, boring, non-engaging. The script is not clever enough to make one care about the characters, who are about as engaging as lichen on rocks. Write an essay, get it published, get it out of your system, but don't make a film about it, especially one this bad.
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