Endless Night (2015)

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Nobody Wants the Night is about the relentless icy landscape that separates and draws these two women together during the long, tense wait for the man they both love in such different ways.


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10 February 2016 | ma-cortes
| Spanish-French-Bulgarian co-production with big name stars : Binoche, Byrne and Kikuchi , set in 1908, in the Arctic seclusion of Greenland
In Arctic-set ¨Nobody Wants The Night¨, Oscar-winner Binoche (The English Patient) stars alongside Gabriel Byrne (The Usual Suspects) and Rinko Kikuchi (Pacific Rim) . A profile-boosting slot as 2015's Berlinale opener that had uneven reviews . This is Isabel Coixet's portrait of an arduous mid-career expedition by American explorer Josephine Peary (Juliette Binoche) , she is on a quest to find her celebrated adventurer husband Robert Peary , a man who prefers glory and ice to the comforts of an upper-class home . Developing her dangerous adventures throughout white landscapes and her meeting with an Inuit called Allaka (Rinku Kikuchi) . Based on true events , it's set in 1908 Greenland where Josephine Peary appears attempting to carry out an expedition helped by Captain Spalding (Matt Salinger) and Bram Trevor (Gabriel Byrne). ¨Nobody Wants the Night¨ is about the relentless icy outdoors both separates and draws these two women : an upper-class American woman who during her search , she meets a savage young Inuit who is in love with , and pregnant by , the same man . Together during the long , tense wait for the man they both love , Robert Peary , the notorious North Pole conqueror , but both of whom love in such different ways .

The English-language Arctic adventure is an exciting story of discovery , adventure , ambition , conquest and suffering . This thrilling film focuses on courageous women and greedy men who put anything at stake for love , desire and glory . "Nobody Wants the Night ," claims the title of Isabel Coixet , but we may well find themselves succumbing to slumber anyway , desert and frozen environments , adding a special complement , its quasi-feminist purview . The film results to be acceptable , though at some moments is dramatically pallid , boring and tiring . The picture relies heavily on the relationship between Juliette Binoche and Rinko Kikuchi , being burdened with a hokey romanticism . Duo protagonist gives magnificent performances such as Juliette Binoche as a proud , determined , naive middle-aged woman and Rinko Kikuchi as a young , but wise , brave , valiant and humble woman . The film is understood to have been "significantly" cut by the producers and now includes a voice-over narrated by the film's star Juliette Binoche . Despite the name presence of Juliette Binoche and Rinko Kikuchi — both ill cast and ill served by Miguel Barros' windy , cold as well as maudlin screenplay — it has been panned as a stodgier brand of Europudding , and , as lifeless as the frozen tundra on which it takes place . Few distribution deals have been announced on the drama , which has yet to get an international release after garnering mixed reviews in Berlin . However , it achieved a flop at box office .

Sensitive as well as atmospheric musical score by Lucas Vidal , a young musician who has composed several successes such as ¨ The raven ¨, ¨Sleep tight¨ , ¨Fast and furious 6¨, ¨Mindscape¨, ¨Kidnapping Mr. Heineken¨, among others . Colorful cinematography by Jean-Claude Larrieu , Coixet's ordinary , filmed on location , as it was shot in Bulgaria , Norway and Spain . This internationally flavored Arctic opus picture was professional though slowly directed by Isabel Coixet , getting to create an impressive and perceptive portrait of two women in extreme circumstances and it was selected as the opening night movie at the International Berlin Festival . Isabel makes small , unflashy but memorable films , like ¨Those Who Love¨, "Elegy," "My Life Without Me," "The Secret Life Of Words," and more recently , "Learning To Drive," , ¨another me¨ , all of which have culled the filmmaker a small but devoted following .

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Release Date:

27 November 2015


English, Inuktitut

Country of Origin

Spain, France, Bulgaria

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EUR6,300,000 (estimated)

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