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France, Germany 2016
In French with Finnish subtitles
For audiences aged 16 and above
|They say timing is everything, and that's unfortunately the case with French auteur Bertrand Bonello's Nocturama, which tells the story of several young and beautiful Parisians who wreak havoc on their city with bombs, guns and hip-hop fueled anarchy. Shot before the terrorist attacks of last November, it's impossible to watch it without thinking of what has happened since, and the film's refusal to offer any true justification for its acts can seem remarkably shallow in light of current events.
But if you put reality aside and try to judge the movie in a sort of vacuum, there are definitely things worth salvaging - such as Bonello's assured stylistic hand, which mixes fluid Steadicam shots with an array of tantalizing soundtrack choices, as well as an elliptical narrative that brings a handful of characters together in captivating ways, especially in the film's suspenseful first half.
Jordan Mintzer / The Hollywood Reporter
Director: Bertrand Bonello
Bertrand Bonello (born in 1968) is a very prolific French film-maker. His first full-length feature films premiered in 1998 and since then he has released new films every two to three years.
|Screenplay: Bertrand Bonello
Cast: Finnegan Oldfield, Vincent Rottiers, Hamza Meziani, Man
Production: Edouard Weil & Alice Girard / Rectangle Productions