When Night Is Falling (1995)




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This Canadian drama tells the tale of Camille, who works at an uptight Protestant college as a professor of mythology. She has been going out with career theologian Martin for three years, but it appears her real true love is her dog, Bob. Bob dies in a tragic car accident and poor Camille is devastated. She is so upset that she grabs the wrong clothes from the laundromat. The clothes belong to the beautifully predatory Petra. Camille discovers the error and returns them to Petra's workplace, an avant-garde circus in an empty warehouse where Petra confesses that she switched them on purpose so she could seduce Camille. Camille demurs. Petra begins following her, and gets to kiss her in the lobby. Eventually the persistent Petra succeeds and the two become lovers.
NC17 (adult situations/language, nudity, sex)
Drama , Romance , Gay & Lesbian
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Pascale Bussieres
as Camille Bak
Rachael Crawford
as Petra Soft
Henry Czerny
as Martin
David Fox
as Rev. DeBoer
Don McKellar
as Timothy
Clare Coulter
as Tillie
Karyne Steben
as Trapeze Artist
Sarah Steben
as Trapeze artist
Jonathan Potts
as Hang Glider
Tom Melissis
as Hang Glider
Stuart Clow
as Hang Glider
Richard W. Farrell
as Board President
Fides Krucker
as Roaring Woman
Thom Sokoloski
as Man with Goatee
Jennifer Roblin
as Waitress
Jacqueline Casey
as Iron Swinger
Sigrid Johnson
as Iron Swinger
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Critic Reviews for When Night Is Falling

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (4)

It is so focused on its own boldness, its dare-to-shock sensuality (the film got an NC-17 from the MPAA, but is being released unrated), that nothing else comes through.

Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

When Night is Falling has too many unintended laughs for its passion to be convincing.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Symbols are supposed to be subtle, but Rozema is intent upon bludgeoning the audience with them.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Top Critic

Rozema is a fabulist with a strong visual sense, and she creates a distinctive, enclosed world to illustrate Camille's odyssey.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

The film is intelligent, sensitive and in its own uniquely quiet way quite a delicious treat.

Full Review… | October 2, 2005
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A well-done portrait of a person who has to come to grips with the fact that love, while a many-splendoured thing, is also extremely unpredictable.

December 18, 2002

Audience Reviews for When Night Is Falling

I liked this movie very much. Emotional and full of love. Remind me of me n my wife. The love part.

cindy mestre
cindy mestre

I stumbled across this movie by accident. I watched it and fell in love with it and not because of the lesbian thing, the story was rich and it touched me. Awesome movie, I'll add it to my collection if I can find it."

Ken T
Ken T

A beautiful and touching film from Patricia Rozema and one of my favourite Canadian films. What makes it a classic however is the epic performance of Tom Melissis as Hang Glider #2.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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