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Toute une nuit (1982)

Following over two dozen different people in the almost wordless atmosphere of a dark night in a Brussels town, Akerman examines acception and rejection in the realm of romance.

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Credited cast:
Angelo Abazoglou
Natalia Akerman
Véronique Alain
Paul Allio
Jacques Bauduin
François Beukelaers
Michèle Blondeel
Philippe Bombled
Ignacio Carranza
Christiane Cohendy
Nicole Colchat
Edith De Barcy
Dirk de Batist
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Following over two dozen different people in the almost wordless atmosphere of a dark night in a Brussels town, Akerman examines acception and rejection in the realm of romance. Written by Matthew A. Wilson

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Good Chantal Akerman, but not great Chantal Akerman!
30 July 2004 | by (Upstate New York) – See all my reviews

Toute une nuit (1982) ("All Night Long") was written and directed by Chantal Akerman. Akerman is one of my favorite directors, but she's not at her best in this film.

The basic plot is a series of pairings that take place during a warm night in Brussels. Some of the characters live in the same building, but I don't think any couple interacts with any other couple in the movie.

The film is dark, and the couples are not highly attractive. I have to admit that the action didn't fly by--it was a long 80 minutes.

On the other hand, Akerman has the courage to stay with a scene when other directors would cut away. Better still, she often continues the scene when the principal actors have left the frame. It's only then that the viewer discovers the characters that have been literally and figuratively in the background. Their stories might be as interesting as the stories we are following. Maybe they'll be in Akerman's next film. Maybe she's already made that film, and I just don't know it.






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