Film Movement, which operates the uber-fantabulous independent foreign DVD Film of the Month Club about which Unreal TV raves at least once a month, is behind the October 24 2104 theatrical and VOD releases of the well-produced thought-provoking English-language Norwegian drama "1,000 Times Good Night."
The 25 words or less synopsis of this one is that highly acclaimed photojournalist Rebecca faces choosing between her family and her dangerous career when husband Marcus reaches the limit of his tolerance.
The following clip, courtesy of YouTube, of the clip for "Night" nicely includes the drama, the wonderful cinematography, and the discussion-worthy themes in a tidy package.
The well-produced action sequences that depict Rebecca on assignment and having mainstream stars Juliette Binoche and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau respectively play our leading lady and her hunky hubby contribute a multi-plex feel to the film; the well-portrayed low-key family drama, nice foreign feel, and universal themes contribute the standard Movement art house vibe. This hybrid makes "Night" a good choice to see on a big screen on a rainy afternoon or a cool crisp evening.
"Night" grabs the attention of the audience by immediately showing Rebecca at work under incredibly intense and dangerous circumstances. Her getting seriously injured to the extent that Marcus must make a long journey to collect her prompts him to finally deliver the aforementioned ultimatum, which reflects concern regarding making their school-age daughters worry that the day may come when Rebecca does not return from her journey down the highway to the danger zone.
In her defense, Rebecca has an altruistic motive for her work; she wants to show the world the harmful effects of war. The conflict (no pun intended) between that desire and wanting to be a good mother provides a great deal of the expertly presented drama in "Night."
A mid-film assignment that Rebecca accepts due to assurances that it does not involve peril prompts renewed domestic discord not only because things do not go as planned but because the manner in which our heroine responds to unexpected danger effectively causes her to bring her work home.
Fairly intense drama ensues, and Rebecca and Marcus must finally determine the extent to which the needs of the many outweigh those of the few. "Trek" lore and numerous modern films show us that that is not always resolved in favor of the few.
The journey to the aforementioned decision point makes for great cinema that is well worth enjoying.
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