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The Vast of Night (2019)

PG-13 | | Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi | 29 May 2020 (USA)
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In the twilight of the 1950s, on one fateful night in New Mexico, a young switchboard operator Fay and charismatic radio DJ Everett discover a strange audio frequency that could change their small town and the future forever.

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Andrew Patterson
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sierra McCormick ... Fay Crocker
Jake Horowitz ... Everett
Gail Cronauer ... Mabel Blanche
Bruce Davis ... Billy (voice)
Cheyenne Barton ... Bertsie
Gregory Peyton Gregory Peyton ... Benny Wade
Mallorie Rodak ... Susan Oliver
Mollie Milligan ... Marjorie Seward
Ingrid Fease ... Gretchen Hankins
Brandon Stewart ... Sam
Kirk Griffith ... Lon Stemmons
Nika Sage McKenna ... Daisy Oliver
Brett Brock ... Fred Seward
Pam Dougherty ... Mrs. McBroom / Jane Greer / Winfred
Lynn Blackburn ... Ruth Reynolds
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A mysterious frequency descends on a small New Mexico town in the twilight of the 1950s, forever changing the lives of two youths as they investigate and encounter its origin. Spanning a single night, director Andrew Patterson's transfixing debut barrels its characters through a tribute to the starry-eyed speculations of Rod Serling, as Patterson and his compatriots meticulously render a bygone era. It's one that eschews empty nostalgia through judicious shading of history's insidious margins, and which infectiously captures the wonder of technology, as well as the unsettling risks that come with peering into the unknown. Intermittently framed within the hazy black-and-white scan lines of a television broadcast, Patterson's scope frequently widens to a vivid roaming gaze that fluidly connects its plucky protagonists through a series of increasingly gob smacking long takes. In other scenes, the camera settles with intense concentration on a single subject, achieving taut suspense ... Written by Toronto International Film Festival

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language
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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 May 2020 (USA) See more »

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Texas, USA See more »

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The take with Fay at the switchboard is nine minutes and forty seconds and is cut down from an original 11-minute take. See more »

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Classic tale told eerily well
13 September 2019 | by iamjamiechampagneSee all my reviews

I was able to see this Vast of Night at TIFF midnight madness and it did not disappoint. The film takes the story of a small town alien abduction theme and carries out the story precisely the way you would expect; but, its genius comes from HOW the audience is taken through this twilight zone esque story. This is done with fantastic performances from the small cast, and some of the best cinematography I have ever seen, all carried out with the vision of director Patterson. The three acts are carried out in seemingly 3 shots, some scenes lasting over 10 minutes at a time with the operation and set up of 1950s switchboards and film reel taking up much of the action. It allowed me to focus on the scenes primarily with my ears after a few minutes. The action became secondary to the dialogue. So much so that this could work almost as well as a radio play as it does a feature film. When the camera does move, the flow takes us literally seamlessly travel across town and back again which allows us as an audience to feel like we are truly bearing witness to one thrilling evening in a very very small town. At certain points of the film I was begging for a camera cut however, desperate to see the actions or even movement of another character in the scene instead of the one angle, but that's what ultimately gave it its charm. It felt like sitting in the living room listening to a story with our eyes.

This sci-fi thriller has the feeling of an old twilight zone episode story but revitalized with incredible performances, direction, and cinematography that allows it to carve out its own unique place: as eery as it is charming.


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