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Despite the Night (2015)

Malgré la nuit (original title)
Unrated | | Drama | 6 July 2016 (France)
Lens returns to Paris to find his only true love, Madeleine. As his search for her continues, he finds himself getting sucked into the dark and cruel underworld of the porn industry.


John-Henry Butterworth (screenplay), Philippe Grandrieux (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Kristian Marr Kristian Marr ... Lenz
Ariane Labed ... Hélène
Roxane Mesquida ... Lena
Paul Hamy Paul Hamy ... Louis
Johan Leysen ... Vitali
Sam Louwyck Sam Louwyck ... L'homme à la voix métallique
Aurélien Recoing ... Paul
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anna Agostini Anna Agostini
Jonathan Boudina Jonathan Boudina ... Dandy
Jonathan Mickael Hartel Boudina Jonathan Mickael Hartel Boudina ... Audience member
Christopher Buchholz
Gabrielle Lazure ... La Mère
Pierre Nisse Pierre Nisse ... Pute
Lola Norda Lola Norda ... Lola
Floran Royer Floran Royer ... Audience Member (as Wyatt Alexander)


Three characters on the cube, or nine possibilities of interaction whose lowest common denominator is always one: the obsession. It is from this unique feeling, destructive, that they evolve, they influence and are determined the lives of Lenz (Kristian Marr), Hélène (Ariane Labed) and Lena (Roxane Mesquida), the three protagonists of a ménage à trois black as pitch , yet tormenting, which takes place at different times and on staggered levels, punctuated by narrative blocks that, little by little, added to each other, give us back in their entirety the ineffable portraits of three souls adrift. Written by lament

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6 July 2016 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Apesar da Noite See more »

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Paris, France

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1.85 : 1
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19 June 2018 | by kosmaspSee all my reviews

Forget about the nudity if you can and the sexuality in general. This is about more. This is about the human psyche about addiction, about fulfillment and about trying to find meaning, but also getting off as much as possible. And to do that, going to extremes. These are some very troubled individuals we get to see here.

They are not really likeable and you may have a hard time getting on the bandwagon and watching the whole thing. But it does make sense and the characters are "well" drawn (and also drawn to each other and to many other things, mostly ugly ones). I myself wouldn't say I loved watching this, but I do acknowledge that it tries to be different and it is quite "experimental", but not too much

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