There's got to be a morning after...
Classic Elsternwick - Sunday 28 August 2016, 2:40pm
Running time: 104m
Country: France / Spain / Bulgaria
Release date: 25/08/16
Rating: 5.5/10 (ME 2.5/5, DP 3/5)
Josephine (Clouds of Sils Maria's Juliette Binoche) is the wife of an explorer making another attempt to reach to North Pole. She travels to her husband's remote base camp in the Arctic wilderness where she finds herself struggling to survive with Inuit Allaka (Kumiko the Treasure Hunter's Rinko Kikuchi) as her only companion. But as winter begins the women form an intense bond around the one man they both love.
Endless Night (known internationally as Nobody Wants the Night) is a French, Spanish and Bulgarian production set in Greenland in the early 1900s. A challenging film, there are some confronting and distressing scenes (some of them featuring animals) which don't make for easy viewing. The intensity of story is compounded by the small cast and the often claustrophobic setting of the Josephine's cabin and Allaka's igloo. The performances are good (there's nowhere to hide in this film) but there's a repetitive sense of hopelessness about the situation which is problematic. It's a well-crafted film, but you need to be in a very positive mood when watching it... and don't expect to be in a positive mood by the time it ends. (ME)