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1,000 Times Good Night (2013)

Tusen ganger god natt (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, War | 24 October 2014 (USA)
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Rebecca is one of the world's top war photographers. She must weather a major emotional storm when her husband refuses to put up with her dangerous life any longer. He and their young ... See full summary »

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Erik Poppe
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Credited cast:
Juliette Binoche ... Rebecca
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau ... Marcus
Lauryn Canny ... Steph
Adrianna Cramer Curtis Adrianna Cramer Curtis ... Lisa
Maria Doyle Kennedy ... Theresa
Larry Mullen Jr. ... Tom
Mads Ousdal ... Stig
Anna Leah Thorseth Poppe Anna Leah Thorseth Poppe ... Steph's Friend
Chloë Annett ... Jessica
Bush Moukarzel Bush Moukarzel ... Brian
Eve Macklin ... Brian's Girlfriend
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Zoubida Akif Zoubida Akif
Najat Azgar Najat Azgar
Jonathan Byrne Jonathan Byrne
Peter Coonan
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Rebecca is one of the world's top war photographers. She must weather a major emotional storm when her husband refuses to put up with her dangerous life any longer. He and their young daughters need Rebecca, who, however, loves both her family and her work... Written by Global Screen GmbH (world sales)

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She risked life and family to change the world.

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Drama | War

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Country:

Norway | Ireland | Sweden

Language:

Norwegian | English

Release Date:

24 October 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

1,000 Times Good Night See more »

Filming Locations:

Ireland See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR5,284,200 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,120, 26 October 2014

Gross USA:

$53,895

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,549,568
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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"A thousand time goodnight" is a line from William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. See more »

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When Rebecca and Marcus are walking hand in hand on the beach after drinking wine with his colleagues, the second shot is a frontal medium shot. In the upper left part of the shot, the sound operator's boom microphone is briefly, but clearly visible. See more »

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Rebecca: I have to find a way to finish it.
Steph: When will it be finished?
Rebecca: I made a big mess out of our lives. I hope one day you'll be able to forgive me.
Steph: It would actually be easier if you were dead. Then we could, we could all just be sad together.
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Daring to Love
Original song performed by Ane Brun
Music and lyrics by Ane Brun
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Intense Melodrama on the Pitfalls of War Photography
15 March 2016 | by l_rawjalaurenceSee all my reviews

War photographer Rebecca (Juliette Binoche) is one of the best at her job, obtaining the kind of pictures that invariably get published in western magazines as examples of the violence of conflicts in nonwestern areas such as Afghanistan or Kenya. The only snag is that Rebecca is so obsessed with her work that she cannot understand the damage she is doing to her family back in Ireland, especially her daughter Steph (Lauryn Canny).

The conflict between personal and professional values forms the kernel of Erik Poppe's film. Yet thematically speaking the director is far more interested in prompting reflection on the photographer's trade. While Rebecca certainly shows a good deal of bravery in trying to get the best pictures, we also understand that she is something of a voyeur who actively enjoys intruding into her subjects' personal space. Her fondness for the close-up of suffering people is quite disconcerting, especially in a sequence taking place in the back of an SUV in Afghanistan. In political terms, she adopts a neocolonialist position of the westerner taking scopophilic pleasure in the power she exerts through her camera.

Perhaps the film's most telling moment occurs back in Ireland, when Steph turns the camera on Rebecca and photographs her repeatedly. Rebecca cannot endure the experience of the lens pointing at her in such an intense manner and turns her head away, her eyes filling with tears. Would that Rebecca might understand that her subjects could feel much the same; but if she did so, then she would not be good at her job.

Given the integrity with which Poppe examines this issue, it's rather sad that the film as a whole should be somewhat melodramatic. In the end the action descends into something of a tug-of-love battle between mother and family; at one point Rebecca bundles Steph and her younger sister Lisa (Adrianna Cramer Curtis) in a pathetic attempt to abduct them from their family home. Needless to say husband Marcus (Nikolaj Coaster-Waldau) foils the plot and eventually looks after the girls himself.

The film makes a half-hearted attempt to draw a parallel between Rebecca's wanderlust and the rhythms of the tide (her daughter observes that the photographer is like the sea, coming and going), but unfortunately outstays its welcome: the last half-hour unfolds slowly but predictably towards an inevitable denouement. This is a shame, given the seriousness of its basic premise - almost as if director Poppe had lost the courage of his convictions.


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