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★★★☆☆Erik Poppe's globetrotting drama A Thousand Times Goodnight (2013) opens to an extraordinarily tense scene. War photographer Rebecca (French star Juliette Binoche) stands at a graveside in Kabul; women clad in black wail at the graveside, mourning the loss of a presumed loved one, before a figure within the grave rises. The woman, as we can see, is very much alive and is a suicide bomber, going through ritualistic preparations before she commits her violent act. Throughout this surreal ordeal, Rebecca watches on, documenting all that happens with her camera - "click, click, click". She even goes as far as to travel along in a van with the suicide bomber until she awakens to the perilous predicament she's in.
- CineVue UK
Oh, the pathos. Unless you’re very unlucky at cards you’ve been unlucky in love, which makes the torments of the jilted one of the more ordinarily/inevitable aspects of human existence. Few have been spared a love gone south; many are the friends who have listened to the anguished, keening lamentations about the one that got away and thought, with all kindness, "Enough already." And if you don’t want your life to turn into a country song, you comply. That said, the marvelous thing about director Christen Frei ("War Photographer," "Space Tourists") is how he gets the viewer to care, deeply, about the pathetic whining creatures in his latest documentary "Sleepless in New York." As regards much of current nonfiction, it goes its own way stylistically, structurally, musically and sonically in telling the stories of people in the throes of a recent breakup, and how they cope -- or, »
- John Anderson
2 items from 2014
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