Oct 3, 2011

Last Night [2010]

Director: Massy Tadjedin
Writer: Massy Tadjedin
Starring:   Keira Knightley, Guillaume Canet,  Sam Worthington and Eva Mendes

It’s all about the eyes! They express all that can’t be said, all that is felt, all that is needed to know in that situation! That is what Last Night is all about: feelings- loneliness, boredom, lack of interest, longing for another, uncertainty, and especially passion and interest...and so much more!

The eyes, which help the audience see and understand the story, also translate the emotions of the 4 main characters, played by Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington, Eva Mendes and Guillaume Canet.  Joanna(KK) is married to Michael (SW), who we find out early on is attracted to Laura(EM). Soon after the departure of the husband on a business trip with the intriguing partner, Jo meets Alex(GC), a former lover who she wasn’t forgot.

Over the course of a night and with the help of some drinks, the feelings come out one by one, some hidden for years, others ignited by random looks over the table. It might seem that one hour and a half is too much for this development, but it isn’t- the script is very good and it all plays out wonderfully. Everything seems effortless, very simple, clean, the little details are what makes this story so believable and loveable. He wants to experience something new, to go into the future, she longs for a lost love, a short, but passionate affair she once had in Paris, looking backward.

I won’t ruin the ending, but I do want to acknowledge a great thing that Alex’s friend says to him at one point, and it goes something like: „you can’t take away the memories she was with him, the years spent with him....”, and it is true, in a way. Those years always haunt each other.

The performances are great (Guillaume Canet is a very charming, talented man), the script is simple, yet real and it's transformed with the help of beautiful cinematography and good direction! All in all, a movie that you check out!

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