7 items from 2012
Yves Caumon's study of a woman's disintegrating life unspools calmly and gently
French film-maker Yves Caumon has co-written and directed a delicate, sad study of loneliness. It stars Sandrine Kiberlain as Anne, who works in a food preparation facility in Bordeaux, something less grand than a restaurant kitchen, apparently supplying meals in bulk to office cafeterias. Kiberlain, with her distinctive intelligence, angular elegance and willowy height, confers on Anne a haughty and unhappy reserve. She is on her own; her ex-partner has started a new family with someone else, and tragedy lies behind their split. Raphael (Clément Sibony) is a handsome, conceited chef who is hitting on her at work, but Anne's sole romantic spark comes at the cinema, finding a connection with a total stranger in the next row, Claude (Serge Riaboukine), who like her is crying at Mizoguchi's Life of Oharu. But what disturbs Anne most is »
- Peter Bradshaw
Chicago – “Sleepless Night” is a relentless thriller about corrupt cops, a kidnapping, a very bad drug deal, and a French nightclub filled with innocent bystanders. The majority of this accomplished action flick takes place in one location on one crazy night and the result is a more intense, visceral experience than a vast majority of the Hollywood blockbusters you could see this Summer movie season.
A corrupt cop named Vincent steals a bag filled with cocaine from a dangerous crime lord in the opening scene of “Sleepless Night” and not only does our protagonist get stabbed but someone gets shot. Before he can even really patch the wound in his gut, his son Thomas is kidnapped and held by the man whose drugs he lifted. There’s a deal that needs to go down. Bring the drugs to the club, trade them for his loved one, and walk away. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
So “The Avengers” knocked it out of the park, huh? With a $600 million intake worldwide and lots and lots of good reviews, Joss Whedon and the folks over at Marvel can probably even one-up James Cameron at the next Masters of the Hollywood Universe fete. (That sounds fun, doesn’t it? I’d go to a party like that.) This weekend is a little smaller, but looking good nonetheless. A number of foreign films that have done well in the festival circuit, and the latest eyefeast from Burton and Co. hit theaters today, providing quite a lot of competition – if not dazzling CGI and budget – for the massive blockbuster winner of last week. Let’s see how they measure up.
Tim Burton’s “Dark Shadows,” an adaptation of a 1960s television show, opens this weekend, with Johnny Depp playing Barnabas, a wealthy landowner-turned-vampire that is awoken after a 200-year nap in the ground, »
- Emma Bernstein
How about a feature film involving a cop running frantically through a packed nightclub, music booming, and vicious fights and scuffles breaking out all over the place? Oh, and an in-motion car battle, too. Sounds like a blast right? Of course, but it also sounds like quite the challenge for director Frédéric Jardin. Sleepless Night tells the story of Vincent (Tomer Sisley), a cop taking part in a drug heist that goes horribly wrong. Vincent gets the coke, but in the process, the enemy learns his identity. Shortly after, Vincent finds out his son has been kidnapped and the only way to get him back is to head over to Marciano.s (Serge Riaboukine) nightclub and return the drugs. Trouble is, a pair of Internal Affairs officers is onto him and when they spot Vincent in the nightclub, they complicate what could have been an easy handoff. It. »
Title: Sleepless Night Director: Frédéric Jardin Cast: Tomer Sisley, Serge Riaboukine and Julien Boisselier It seems like this year, simple high concept action films seem to be the trend. There’s, of course, “The Raid: Redemption,” a film that is a self contained, high octane, martial arts showcase; and for the Tribeca Film Festival we have “Sleepless Night.” A film that follows suit with its single location nature and high stakes action aesthetic, only with “Sleepless Night” we have a deeper narrative and poignant character moments. “Sleepless Night” follows Vincent (Tomer Sisley), a crooked cop involved in a drug heist gone wrong. Gangsters find out about the drug heist and his [ Read More ] »
- Rudie Obias
Containment thrillers can often be limited by the landscape of their locale, but in the French film “Sleepless Night,” the nightclub where corrupt cop Vincent (Tomer Sisley) races to rescue his son is expansive enough to make it seem like a mini-mall. Writer-director Frederic Jardin somehow manages to squeeze every last drop of claustrophobia from the massive, multilevel building, even after he’s filled it wall-to-wall with clubgoers, diners, socialites, and especially the odd assortment of cops and crooks who all have a stake in Vincent’s future. Although it’s quite deservedly scheduled for an American remake via the folks at Warner Brothers, “Sleepless Night” is the kind of entertainment that requires little translation to succeed, as its characters and story are so cleanly and cleverly designed that they would work in virtually any language.
The majority of the action in “Sleepless Night” is fallout from the botched drug »
- Todd Gilchrist
The domestic trailer for the French action-thriller Sleepless Night has gone online. The plot centers on a cop (Tomer Sisley) who steals drugs from a mobster (Serge Riaboukine), and the mobster retaliates by kidnapping the cop's son. When the cop goes back to exchange the stolen drugs for his son, the drugs go missing, and the cop goes on a frantic chase inside the mobster's night club to rescue his son by any means possible. It was one of the best films I saw at the Toronto International Film Festival last year, and I'm glad it's about to hit stateside. My review is quoted in the trailer, but I feel it's important to note that the trailer inserts an exclamation point I didn't use. Exclamation points change the tone of a sentence, and I don't think I've ever used one to make a serious point in a review. My minor personal annoyance aside, »
- Matt Goldberg
7 items from 2012
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