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Night Has Settled (2014)

In 1983, Oliver Nicholas, at thirteen, is well-poised to enter the precocious teenage world of first-sex, vodka and possible-love in New York City when he is traumatized by the stroke of ... See full summary »

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In 1983, Oliver Nicholas, at thirteen, is well-poised to enter the precocious teenage world of first-sex, vodka and possible-love in New York City when he is traumatized by the stroke of his housekeeper (and only true maternal figure), a sixty-five-year-old Chilean woman named Aida. What was supposed to be an exhilarating and somewhat fearful rite of passage - diving into the exciting, fast-paced world of first experiences - quickly becomes skewed by an incomprehensible depression, and a house of interior horrors. Surrounded by women - his untraditional, Spanish, photographer mother (more interested in the role of confidante than mother) his sister, a comedic, door-slamming tormentor, marked by her parent's divorce; and Aida, his silver-haired emotional focal point on the verge of death in Lenox Hill Hospital - Oliver struggles to maintain his role as "man of the house" and his sanity. With his best friends, Valerio, a chain-smoking, nunchucking, grandiose artist; and Nick, a cynical,... Written by SC

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"Did you have to wear leather pants on parents' night?"
4 May 2015 | by (UWS, NYC, USA) – See all my reviews

Don't much care for the clunky title, but we really loved this touching film memoir, set on Manhattan's Upper East Side in 1983. Thirteen-year-old Oliver has a jokey, extremely casual relationship with his bohemian mother, Luna (Spanish actress Pilar López de Ayala), and a deeper bond with the family's Chilean housekeeper, Aida (Mexican actress Adriana Barraza). When Aida falls ill, the family's thrown into chaos; Oliver's emotional meltdown is beautifully (and almost wordlessly) dramatized. W/d Steve Clark's naturalistic portrait of a pack of privileged kids in the year of David Bowie's "Let's Dance" also seems spot on—the boys acting tough and striking cool poses, the girls joining avidly in the boys' smutty talk, no parents in sight except the ultra-permissive Luna. We'd just watched the smirky Oscar winner, "Birdman," on Blu-ray; this modest film restored our faith in filmmaking as art and communication.


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