Night #1 (2011) - Anne Emond
The opening scene of Anne Emond's 'Night #1' is shot in slow-motion at a rave. The camera slowly moves through sweat soaked masses, capturing this weird type of peace which is felt, particularly by Clara. Clara meets a stranger in Nikolai, as they quickly go back to his apartment for a passionate, drug induced one night stand. After the initial sex, something strange happens in that the two individuals find themselves exchanging their most inner feelings and fears to one and other in a night that could change both of them forever. Night #1 is a dialogue driven piece of filmmaking which examines two incredibly damaged individuals. At a glimpse, society would deem these individuals as unmotivated, useless indivduals, yet they are simply damaged individuals, who for different reasons, are lost in the abyss of life simply looking for some form of connection. Both Clara and Nikolai are missing any real form of emotional connection, instead opting to drown their sorrows in alcohol, sex and self-loathing. The strength of the film is these two characters, who are incredibly well fleshed out and feel very real. Through some superbly crafted dialogue we learn lots of great insights about these individuals and begin to understand them in a way which would not be possible by appearance alone. The dialogue is very intellectual at first, speaking to the physical vs emotional relationships people form, yet by the end it becomes just as emotionally gripping as it is intellectually interesting. Night #1 is a very simple film, taking place entirely in one apartment on one give night, but it is a fascinating character piece which is really elevated by its nuances and script.
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