1,000 Times Good Night

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1,000 Times Good Night

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1,000 Times Good Night.  Rating:  3 (out of 5).  Rebecca, one of the world’s top photojournalists, is also a wife and a mother to two young daughters.  After she nearly gets killed, her husband gives her an ultimatum and makes her choose between her family and her career. But when an offer to photograph a refugee camp in Kenya comes along and she is assured that the place is safe enough that her daughter can join her, Rebecca comes face-to-face with just how much danger she is in when she goes on these assignments. The film comes to VOD on Friday, October 24. According to The Telegraph, “The film has limitations. But it has Binoche, and that’s almost enough.”

Starring: Juliette Binoche, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Larry Mullen Jr., Lauryn Canny, Adrianna Cramer Curtis, Mads Ousdal, Chloe Annett
Director: Erik Poppe
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama

 

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Financial Times thinks, “Every theme and thesis is italicised. We aren’t trusted to probe them with our own minds. The preaching is accompanied, for extra emphasis, by treacly sacerdotal music.”

According to The Telegraph, “The film has limitations. But it has Binoche, and that’s almost enough.”

The Observer writes, “Although the ideas and performances are strong, the drama itself feels oddly disjointed as it veers between the refugee camps of Kenya and the beaches of Ireland, reflecting the alienating pattern of its protagonist’s unreconciled life.”

Independent.ie says, “This film sometimes gets it right but much of the domestic emotion feels contrived. Not the acting, that’s mostly very good, it’s the mechanisms constructed to portray emotion that falters, it tells rather than shows. Fans of intense moral debates will find food for thought.”

The Scotsman thinks, “A hyperbolic melodrama which oversimplifies its issues, and features too many scenes of Binoche weeping against picturesque Irish landscapes.”

The Independent notes, “Nothing in the rest of the film quite matches its overture but this is a well-observed drama, which acknowledges the war photographer’s selfishness as well as her courage and single-mindedness.”

The Daily Express says, “When an actor is as good as Juliette Binoche they can elevate an entire film.”

Daily Mail calls it a “Worthy, well-acted drama” and gives it 3 out of 5 stars.

The Guardian writes, “Erik Poppe’s A Thousand Times Good Night is a well-intentioned film about a war photographer’s personal crisis – but I found something questionable in its forced and unearned emotional moments and the frankly rather insufferable performance from Juliette Binoche in the lead role.”

TimeOut London thinks, “It’s as handsomely shot as any film about an ace shutterbug ought to be, and Binoche infuses familiar internal crises with palpable pain and urgency.”

Empire Online notes, “A compelling, if well worn , topic — work/life balance — is brought vividly to life by a great Binoche performance.”

IndieWire (The Playlist) says, “Ultimately it feels like Poppe wanted to say something about a great many topics: gender roles and expectations (…). But what he concludes on any one of these points is never clear, so the film simply meanders, perhaps following the rhythm of the real-life events on which is was based a little too closely.”

Flick Filosopher thinks, “The film succeeds in part by not depicting Rebecca as odd or unusual for being a woman in a hazardous line of work, and it never asks her to apologize for it or even justify it any more than a man might have to. Her gender isn’t irrelevant here, but it’s far from the pivot on which her story turns. This is the sort of film about women we need many more of.”

RadioTimes writes, “True, writer/director Poppe occasionally falls back on dramatic contrivance to move events forward, yet for the most part his story is vividly convincing in both domestic context and troubled foreign climes, tackling rich subject matter with no little emotional intelligence all of it built around Binoche’s fierce commitment and ever-beguiling screen presence.”

Contactmusic.com says, “Too prickly for mainstream crowds and rather emotionally sentimental for arthouse fans, this drama may have trouble finding an audience. But it’s a striking story with a strong personal kick.”

According to Little White Lies, “It’s a provocative and complex issue, but Poppe never really gets to grips with it, and he lets his film slip into melodrama far too easily. Despite Binoche’s committed central performance, the vociferous bickering of an ineffective husband and wife team does not make for compelling viewing.”

HeyUGuys gives the movie a 4/5 rating, and further notes, “The film survives mostly off the wonderful, absorbing leading performance by Binoche, in what a truly layered character to get your head around.”

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