I rarely review movies. In fact, the last one I did was the 2009 remake of the movie Fame (which was a grave disappointment by the way.)
I saw the film Last Night a few months ago. I won passes to a pre-screening before the North American theatre release (it was released in Italy a while ago, and also featured at the Toronto International Film Festival.) It is one of those films that has held a place in the back of my head ever since.
Taking place over 48 hours, it examines how easily the temptation of infidelity can come into a marriage. It was written, directed and produced by Massy Tadjedin. It stars Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington, Eva Mendes and Guillaume Canet.
I’m not going to get into the storyline any further than that. I went into the theatre not knowing a thing about it, and that is the best way to see a movie. I hate it when a review lays out the majority of the plot; it takes out all the suspense … which is really what this could be classified as … a romantic suspense film. There’s no murder plot, crazy killer, or physical death but it is the torturous moments of will they or won’t they.
Perhaps it has stuck with me because the end didn’t quite allow you to grasp closure.
Perhaps it was because Massy Tadjedin’s aim for the film wasn’t “to give (her) answer but to help everyone find their own.” It is left up to the viewer to decide what is forgivable and what isn’t.
Or perhaps, it is because both story lines of temptation are essentially situations anyone could find themselves in, and you have to wonder what you would do … or what your partner would do?
I am certain this film has stuck with me in part due to the Peter Deming, who was the director of photography for this as well as another film I was more-than-intrigued by: David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive.
Deming’s philosophy is “If you really latch on to the story, it fuels everything else that you do, the choices for all sorts of things: in the design, the lighting, the colors. If you’re not feeding off the story, you’re just implementing outside elements on to it, which to me isn’t as interesting.” It truly allows the viewer to get immersed in the film.
All this to say: go rent the blu-ray then probably feel the need to buy it.
Jef Kearns is a soul flautist who is as concerned with your ears hearing good music as for yours eyes seeing great films. Check his music out at jefkearns.com