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Grimm Up North 2011: By Day And By Night review

Alejandro Molina's By Day and by Night is the kind of bittersweet little fable that only an arthouse film could come up with. The plot does hinge on a patently ridiculous idea Molina could probably have done more to ground - an over-crowded city where each half of the populace is only allowed to remain awake for alternating twelve-hour shifts. It relies a little too often on enigmatic meditating on airy philosophical concepts, and doesn't quite have the skill to marry its vision with its limited budget. But the story of a family separated across the divide is a profoundly moving one, helped by some tremendous, beautifully moderated performances from the three leads and some memorable direction from Molina that's intimate and epic by turns....

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