A thousand times good night

I can’t really say I am a fan of Juliette Binoche, but in A thousand times good night she gives a riveting performance. Binoche is Rebecca, a photojournalist who works in war zones areas. The film start with a shocking scene. A group of women are dressing a female suicide-bomber is getting with dynamite hidden under her burqa. Dressed in a hijab, Rebecca snaps photos of this horrifying ritual. She snaps, and snaps while she’s accompanying the group into Kabul. As Rebecca take pictures, Binoche let’s us see the compulsion and fear in Rebecca’s eyes. The explosive detonate prematurely and Rebecca gets injured. Later she’s back at home in Ireland with her husband, Marcus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and their two daughters, slowly recovering from her near death experience. For Marcus, it is a wake-up call, and he forces Rebecca to make a choice between her family and her life threatening job. Rebecca chooses her family, but we feel this is not the end. Steph, Rebecca’s teenage daughter, has trouble at first understanding her mother’s passion for danger and photojournalism. But because of a school project, Steph starts getting interested in photography, her mother’s work and how important it is. On a trip to Kenya with Steph, Rebecca can’t resist the urge to get back into the action again. A thousand times good night is a good showcase for Binoche’s talent. We should also mention actress Lauryn Canny as Steph, and the beautiful work of cinematographer John Christian Rosenlund.

Rémi-Serge Gratton

 

A thousand times good night

Directed by:
Erik Poppe
Screenplay by:
Erik Poppe
Harald Rosenløw
Kirsten Sheriden
Starring:
Juliette Binoche
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Maria Doyle Kennedy
Lauryn Canny
Larry Mullen Jr.
113 min.
Rated 14A
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