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Friday Night (2002)

Vendredi soir (original title)
Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 11 September 2002 (France)
It's Friday night--she's moving in with her boyfriend tomorrow--so she goes out, but gets stuck in traffic--where she meets a handsome stranger.

Director:

Claire Denis

Writers:

Emmanuèle Bernheim (novel), Emmanuèle Bernheim (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Valérie Lemercier ... Laure
Vincent Lindon ... Jean
Hélène de Saint-Père Hélène de Saint-Père ... Marie
Hélène Fillières ... La femme fatiguée
Florence Loiret Caille ... La jeune fille du flipper (as Florence Loiret-Caille)
Grégoire Colin ... Le jeune homme en parka
Gilles D'Ambra Gilles D'Ambra ... Le mari de la femme fatiguée
Micha Lescot ... Le réceptionniste
Gianfranco Poddighe Gianfranco Poddighe ... Le maître d'hôtel
Nordine Barour Nordine Barour ... Le serveur
Lionel Goldstein Lionel Goldstein ... L'acheteur
Didier Woldemard Didier Woldemard ... Le chauffeur de la camionnette
Nicolas Struve Nicolas Struve ... L'homme de l'accrochage
Jérôme Pouly Jérôme Pouly ... Le deuxième homme de l'accrochage
Nausicaa Meyer Nausicaa Meyer ... La femme de l'accrochage
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Storyline

Having packed up her possessions to move in with her lover, Laure is more unsettled than she appears. Needing to get out and have a change of scenery, she jumps in her car to go to have dinner with friends--only to become stuck in a terrible traffic jam. Laure completely forgot about the mass transit strike that has thrown the city into chaos. But Laure feels good in her car, the only place she has for herself right now. As she takes in the sights and sounds around her--the blare of horns and arguments, the shimmer of lights and camaraderie--Laure notices a calm and self-assured stranger, Jean, approach her car. Soon thereafter, she opens her car door door to the man who--that night--will change her life. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Parents Guide:

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Not your average love story!
14 February 2004 | by Red-125See all my reviews

Vendredi Soir (2002), directed by Claire Denis, is a film about two

residents of Paris who come together because of a horrendous,

citywide traffic jam. The movie is slow and deliberate, but not

boring. The film's power derives from the interaction of two

attractive strangers who are temporarily trapped--and yet

liberated--by the fact that mass transit is shut down, and auto

traffic has come to a standstill.

Valérie Lemercier portrays Laure, a young woman who has left her

apartment to move in with her lover. Ms. Lemercier owes a great

debt to Ms. Denis, who could have cast the part with a more

traditionally beautiful woman. (In the U.S., the role would probably

have gone to Demi Moore.) Instead, the director chose an actor

who is undeniably beautiful, but in an interesting, complex way.

Lemercier is an outstanding actor, and she is given enough time

on screen to demonstrate her professional skills.

Don't see this film if you're looking for excitement, graphic sex,

violence, or a strong narrative story line. See this film if you want to

view Paris--and human relationships--portrayed in a serious, but

almost dreamlike, lyrical, fashion.


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Official Sites:

Bac Films [France]

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

11 September 2002 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Friday Night See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,381, 25 May 2003

Gross USA:

$156,918

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$609,542
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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