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Nocturama (2016)

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Some young folks, tired of the society they're living in, plan a bomb attack over Paris before taking shelter for a night in a shopping center.

Director:

Bertrand Bonello
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Finnegan Oldfield ... David
Vincent Rottiers ... Greg
Hamza Meziani ... Yacine
Manal Issa ... Sabrina
Martin Petit-Guyot Martin Petit-Guyot ... André
Jamil McCraven ... Mika
Rabah Nait Oufella ... Omar
Laure Valentinelli Laure Valentinelli ... Sarah
Ilias Le Doré ... Samir
Robin Goldbronn Robin Goldbronn ... Fred
Luis Rego Luis Rego ... Jean-Claude
Hermine Karagheuz Hermine Karagheuz ... Patricia
Adèle Haenel ... La jeune femme au vélo
Samir Guitet Samir Guitet
Hadidiatou Sakho Hadidiatou Sakho
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Some young folks, tired of the society they're living in, plan a bomb attack over Paris before taking shelter for a night in a shopping center.

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Genres:

Drama | Thriller

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Country:

France | Germany | Belgium

Language:

French

Release Date:

8 September 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nocturama See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Gross USA:

$30,157, 8 February 2018
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film was originally titled "Paris est une fête" (literally "Paris is a feast", the French title of Hemingway's "A Moveable Feast"), but had to be changed in post-production because it became a symbol of hope in the wake of the November 2015 Paris attacks. The new title "Nocturama", on the other hand, comes from a Nick Cave album and means "night vision". Bonello liked the hybridism of Latin and Greek and used it with Cave's permission. See more »

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References The Persuaders! (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

My Way
Written by Claude François and Jacques Revaux
English Lyrics by Paul Anka
Performed by Shirley Bassey
Lip-synced by Hamza Meziani
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A promising material for short story/movie – a psychological portrayal of how terrorism is born

I love the Metacritic summary for „Nocturama": some young folks, tired of the society they're living in, plan a bomb attack over Paris before to take shelter for a night in a shopping center... So simple, so elegant. Unfortunately, I can't say I loved the movie itself. „Nocturama" is artsy in a bad way, all high concept and lacking in every other aspect. Also, at 130 minutes, there's nearly not enough going on to justify the length. Sure, it's a promising material for short story/movie – a psychological portrayal of how terrorism is born. On paper, any summary of "Nocturama" would seem rather captivating... but, sadly, the result is frankly dull and lifeless. The screenwriter-director Bertrand Bonello's approach to storytelling is alienating (the characters are emotionally distant from the viewer and each other), and he likes to stretch many scenes, however empty, so long that it tests the endurance of the viewer. Some filmmakers use this conceptual aloofness and emptiness very effectively, such as Jim Jarmusch, who can make the most trivial on screen actions or details seem meaningful. Sadly, Bonello is not one of those filmmakers. The emotional distance makes sense as (part of the) general message of „Nocturama" – modern life has made us cold and empty – but constantly testing our endurance without payoff does not. At least not to me.


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