DMovies - Your platform for thought-provoking cinema

Night (Natt)

A horrible disease befalls the mother of two small children, sending her on a quest to get a divorce before she dies - extremely clumsy Norwegian drama premieres at the 26th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival

QUICK SNAP: TALLINN

The doctor drops the bombshell in the very first scene: Emma (Guri Glans) has a highly aggressive lymphoma and less than three months to live. She could fall sick in a few days, or in a couples of weeks, and then quickly deteriorate. The despondent young mother, who also happens to be a doctor, goes straight home, picks her children up and drops them with the older, doting and maternal Froydis (Marie Louise Tank). She then takes a flight to Northern Norway in the hope to persuade her estranged husband to divorce her. They separated two years earlier, and she is terrified that he could claim the guardianship of the children after she succumbs to the disease.

Upon meeting encountering her ex-husband in the middle of tennis match, and failing to engage in a conversation with him, Emma accidentally comes into contact with his current partner going into labour, a woman called Nina. Thanks to her medical skills, she assists the poor woman. What follows is an even clunkier domestic violence plot, which then morphs into a shabby courtroom ordeal. The film is sealed up with a resolution that’s beyond awkward.

The only positive comment I can make about Night is that it has heart at the right place. Everything else is all over the place. This Norwegian movie is a masterclass of everything you shouldn’t have in film: a terrible script, irregular grain textures, awful lighting, unnecessary jump cuts, lukewarm performances, no make-up (a dying person should look remotely ill), a camera that unexpectedly jostles, and a creepy ending that will make you cringe. Even the audio engineering is noticeably bad: there is a lot of echo in the indoors sequences. A little of bit of ADR could have helped, too: voices change abruptly, a sign of poor sound capturing choices.

The Norwegian director was indeed part of the Dogme 95 movement, and has presumably attempted to incorporate some of the manifest’s “10 commandments” into her 2022 film. She seems to think that she can craft a sense of tension by simply adding a jump cut two or three times a minute. That of course won’t work if your script and your actors are substandard. That’s when the editing technique becomes entirely gratuitous. Make no mistake: this is neither Lars von Trier nor Jean-Luc Godard. This isn’t experimental cinema, either. Instead, Night looks like a student film put together in less than two weeks.

Night has just premiered in the Official Competition of the 26th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival.


By Victor Fraga - 23-11-2022

Victor Fraga is a Brazilian born and London-based journalist and filmmaker with more than 20 years of involvement in the cinema industry and beyond. He is an LGBT writer, and describes himself as a di...

DMovies Poll

Are the Oscars dirty enough for DMovies?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

Most Read

Forget Friday the 13th, Paranormal Activity and the [Read More...]
Just a few years back, finding a film [Read More...]
A lot of British people would rather forget [Read More...]
Sexual diversity is at the very heart of [Read More...]
Pigs might fly. And so Brexit might happen. [Read More...]
Films quotes are very powerful not just because [Read More...]

Read More

Our dirty questions to Ziad and Christine

 

Victoria Luxford - 24-07-2024

Victoria Luzford interviews Ziad H. Hamzeh and Christine Handy, the director and original writer/ exec producer of Hello Beautiful, an emotionally compelling drama about successful model, her mother, and a life-changing diagnosis [Read More...]

One city, one planet, many films

 

Marina Hillquist - 23-07-2024

Marina Hillquist investigates the environmental impact of film production, and reveals how Gainesville (a city in Florida, United States) is leading the way [Read More...]

The cinematic evolution of videogames

 

Tania Dickson - 22-07-2024

Tania Dickson looks back at the fairly young history of video games and unearths some uncanny similarities and affinities with the seventh art [Read More...]