Bright Night (2015)

Bright Night (Nachthelle) 2015

US Title:
Bright Night
Year:
2015
Country:
Germany
Home Title:
Nachthelle
Director:
Florian Gottschick


What’s It About?
A woman and her much younger boyfriend return to her childhood home in a quiet village in the German countryside. They spend the weekend in her old house with another couple, enjoying the fresh air and reminiscing about days gone by. Tensions between the four soon mount when old secrets are exposed, lingering grudges are revealed and boundaries are crossed.

Short Review: 100 Words or Less (no spoilers)
This is a decent drama well acted by the four main actors, especially since the characters are all unlikeable to varying degrees. The script blends together seemingly disparate elements: disillusioned fortysomethings, buried mysteries, head games, sexual tension and nostalgia. It’s an interesting balancing act that falters in some areas and succeeds in others. There is a twist in the second half that takes the movie in a completely different direction, and even into a different genre. It’s kind of crazy, but I kind of like it. I think it works and it makes the overall film more unpredictable and enjoyable.

Final Grade: C+

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