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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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Finnegan Oldfield ... David
Vincent Rottiers ... Greg
Hamza Meziani Hamza Meziani ... Yacine
Manal Issa ... Sabrina
Martin Petit-Guyot Martin Petit-Guyot ... André
Jamil McCraven Jamil McCraven ... Mika
Rabah Nait Oufella Rabah Nait Oufella ... Omar
Laure Valentinelli Laure Valentinelli ... Sarah
Ilias Le Doré 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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Drama | Thriller

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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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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 »

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Call Me
Written by Giorgio Moroder and Debbie Harry
by Blondie
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Does a great job of making the young terrorists seem sympathetic, and relatable.
26 January 2018 | by HellmantSee all my reviews

'NOCTURAMA': Four Stars (Out of Five)

A French-language dramatic thriller about a group of young multiracial radicals that commit a terrorist attack in Paris. It was written and directed by Bertrand Bonello, and it's one of the best reviewed movies of 2017. The film stars Finnegan Oldfield, Vincent Rottiers, Hamza Meziani, Manal Issa, Martin Guyot, Jamil McCraven and Rabah Nait Oufella. I found it to be long, and disturbing, but definitely interesting and well made too.

The story is set in Paris, when a group of young multiracial adults decide they're fed up with the current government and need to do something about it. So they stage multiple bombings; on a government building, an office tower, and a statue of Joan of Arc. The group then hides out in a shopping mall, while they wait for tensions to die down outside. As they wait, the stress among them builds to extreme levels.

The movie does a great job of making the young terrorists seem sympathetic, and relatable. Of course most of us would never do what they do in the film, but still the filmmakers paint a very understanding picture of their reasons and motives. You have to respect a film that can make the viewer respect those that are usually seen as the most deplorable among us, and that's what this movie does. It's a bit long, and definitely dark, but it's still more than worth a viewing.


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