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 .