Nuit #1

Nuit #1

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Clara and Nikolai meet at a rave. They return to his apartment and frantically make love. Instead of a one night stand, the two lovers divulge their deepest secrets to each other. Though they are tempted to animas by all-too-common and diverse gender politics they simultaneously fear and embrace, the friction between them is trumped by a common determination to bridge the gap that they realize afflicts the women and men of their lost, but far from hopeless, generation.
Branch Call Number: FRENCH ENGLISH NUI
Characteristics: 1 DVD (91 minutes)
Additional Contributors: Émond, Anne
Adopt Films
Alternative Title: Nuit one


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Feb 13, 2015

Clara and Nikolai meet at a Montreal rave and eventually wind up at his dingy apartment where a drunken fumble f*ck starts on the couch and ends on the mattress in his bedroom. Ironically, the real intimacy doesn’t begin until afterwards when Clara quietly gathers her things and tries to sneak away only to be confronted by an irate Nikolai who believes “people who have seen each other naked at least deserve a proper good-bye”. What follows is a long emotional night of reflections and accusations, sometimes tender often brutal, as the ersatz lovers take turns becoming each other’s judge and confessor. Nikolai can barely afford to support himself and feels perpetually isolated, Clara tries to soothe her unbearable sense of alienation with drugs and destructive sex, and both partners come to see their previous coupling for what it really was… With an outside world perpetually drenched in snow and freezing rain, writer/director Anne Émond uses a tawdry one-night stand as a starting point for examining some uncomfortable sides of contemporary life: the loneliness and anomie, the unrealistic expectations, and the search for a panacea whether it be biological or pharmaceutical. Shot in a boxlike 1.33:1 aspect ratio and without a musical soundtrack she literally hems her characters into a confined space forcing them to share a physical proximity without any distracting background noise. Despite his initial bravura Nikolai’s self-inflicted wounds run deep while Clara’s vain attempts to clean herself (she takes a bath, she takes a shower, she runs through the rain) fail to remove the real dirt she feels. With a staginess that belies its shabby setting (Nikolai’s apartment really is horrid) Émond’s musings could be seen as so much morbid navel-gazing were it not for a pair of excellent performances and a script whose piercing insights make the occasional flourish completely forgivable. Sad and confrontational, this is a thoroughly modern tale of two damaged souls passing in the night.

aaa5756 May 06, 2014

This movie was entertaining and interesting but not one of my favorite for this year. Not too bad---good performance. Very predictable but still entertaining.


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aaa5756 May 06, 2014

“If it’s not one thing it’s another.” -Gilda Ratner, alias Rosanne Roseanna Danna

aaa5756 May 06, 2014

“Respectability is the punishment of the wild.”-Margaret Mitchell

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Jul 02, 2014

kungold thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over


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