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The Passion of Darkly Noon (1995)

Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery, Thriller | 25 April 1996 (Germany)
After the death of his strictly religious parents, forlorn young Darkly gets lost in the woods. A truck driver, Jude, rescues the exhausted man, who has only a bible for comfort. He brings ... See full summary »

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Philip Ridley

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Complete credited cast:
Brendan Fraser ... Darkly Noon
Ashley Judd ... Callie
Viggo Mortensen ... Clay
Loren Dean ... Jude
Grace Zabriskie ... Roxy
Lou Myers ... Quincy
Kate Harper ... Ma
Mel Cobb Mel Cobb ... Pa
Josse De Pauw ... Ringmaster
Gabriele Binder Gabriele Binder ... Ringmaster's Family (as Gabi Binder)
Maximilliam Paul Maximilliam Paul ... Ringmaster's Family
Knut Samel Knut Samel ... Ringmaster's Family
Dog Dog ... Dunia
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After the death of his strictly religious parents, forlorn young Darkly gets lost in the woods. A truck driver, Jude, rescues the exhausted man, who has only a bible for comfort. He brings him to the house of Callie and Clay, two lovers who live in the forest. While Clay is away in the forest, beautiful Callie nurses Darkly back to health, and he develops an obsession with her that is totally contrary to his upbringing - a sexual obsession. When Clay returns home and Darkly sees the two lovers kiss, it is too much for him. Every night he hears them making love. Darkly's descent into madness has begun... An extremely dramatical and exciting ending! Written by Frank Wallner <wallnerf@informatik.tu-muenchen.de>

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When your deepest desire becomes your worst nightmare...


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25 April 1996 (Germany) See more »

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Darkly Noon See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Although set in the American Deep South, this was actually filmed in Germany. See more »

Quotes

Callie: I love you...
[Darkly stops in his tracks]
Callie: I love you, Darkly.
[Jude fires the rifle]
Darkly Noon: Who will love me now?
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References Diamonds of the Night (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Look What You've Done (To My Skin)
Written by Nick Bicât and Philip Ridley
Performed by Gavin Friday
© 1995 Island Records Limited
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A Finely Crafted Nightmare
13 December 2003 | by andrew-traynor1See all my reviews

The weirdly named Darkly Noon (Brendan Frasier) is the sole survivor of a Waco-style massacre and a religious fanatic. He is taken in by Ashley Judd, who lives in a isolated cabin in a huge forest. The first set of tensions come when Noon's strong attraction towards Judd clash with his religious beliefs. The second arise when Judd's mute boyfriend Viggo Mortensen returns. And then hermit Grace Zabriskie befriends Noon and tells him Judd is a witch.

This is pretty impressive stuff from writer and director Philip Ridley. He's not afraid to risk being pretentious and, in truth, he is at times. Mostly, though, he creates an unsettling, powerful piece with the texture of a nightmare. Surreal at times (a giant, glittering boot floating down a river?) it conveys the powerful and enigmatic nature of both human emotions and the unexplored forest. It's clear that things are going to end bloody but, crucially, you can't guess for who; because at times it seems the coquettish Judd might be a witch.


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