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Actors: Valérie Lemercier, Vincent Lindon, Hélène de Saint-Père, Hélène Fillières, Florence Loiret Caille
Director: Claire Denis
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Claire Denis? visually stunning and sensual film explores a chance encounter between two strangers who meet in the middle of a transit strike and wind up changing their lives forever.
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A brilliant film from a brilliant artist!
Jepetto | Chicago, IL USA | 08/30/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I had to sign up as a reviewer just to counter the customer reviews of this film that are missing the point. This is great film! An historic film! Claire Denis is a courageous filmmaker precisely because she does not pander to the audience's expecations; she does not conform to the conventions of Hollywood-influenced filmmaking. Instead she pursues the kind of quiet drama that unfolds in realism with remarkable insight into character, with remarkable compassion for humanity. As a result, her films might sometimes seem slow, or seem as though little is happening. But what you get is far more amazing than a sinking "Titanic": You get a real picture of the sort of real drama that occurs between real people in their real lives. Imagine a love story between people who are not more beautiful, not more amazing, not more different than you and I -- imagine a love story between people like us -- and then imagine a filmmaker who can capture all of its minute nuance. That is greatness. That is Claire Denis and "Friday Night.""
The open space before commitment.
Reine des Coeurs | New York, NY USA | 09/02/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Laure (Valerie Lemercier) is moving out of her apartment to move in with her boyfriend. Almost all of her possessions are packed and labeled, with the exception of a few she needs to decide on. Her home, the area that belongs to her completely is in her car. In the midst of Paris' transit strike, she gives a lift to Jean (Vincent Lindon).
That is a brief description of the beginning of Madame Denis' wonderful Vendredi Soir. Very few films are paced so exquisitely showing us the first stages of attraction and desire as this one did. The shots of Laure watching Jean's hands, Jean removing Laure's glove to caress her hand and their decisive brush against each other on the staircase are some of the loveliest and most romantic images I've seen on film.
Desire is sometimes fleeting, but almost always memorizable. Yes, their affair is brief but during it, you can almost see them both noting, analyzing and remembering. The final shot of Laure, dressed and ready to go, as she gently touches Jean was both her and our exit out of the gorgeous, romantic fantasy that was this movie."
Strangers in the Night
MICHAEL ACUNA | Southern California United States | 09/05/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Sometimes physical attraction is so strong and the consequences for following through with said attraction are so weak that we cannot help but do the dirty deed...right there and right now.
Claire Denis's "Friday Night" tells the story of such an encounter and it tells it from the woman's (Valerie Lemerciere) point of view.
Often such stories are told in the style of a fairy tale with the girl as a fairy princess and the man a knight with shining armor. But Denis is too realistic and thoughtful a director for this. Instead we get a 2003 take on the situation with all the pitfalls and emotional weight intact. The meeting, the courtship, the physical relationship and the breakup is all done in one night.
Denis has shown us in "The Venus Beauty Institute" that relationships often take turns and twists that we cannot predict and that love can come from the unlikeliest places. In "Friday Night" we see a relationship telescoped into one evening and it is thrilling, bizarre but ultimately quite wonderful and resonant with the truth and humanity of something real."
More a poem for the eyes and ears than a film
David S. Jenkins | On the Road | 04/03/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If you're looking for action, thrills, an intricate plot and a cliff hanger of an ending, this is not the film for you. But if you're content to find a lyrical, seamless, gentle film about two strangers sharing a night for no other reason than curiosity and affection, you'll be pleasantly surprised by Friday Night. Sometimes people share their bodies and perhaps even their hearts for a night without the world collapsing aound their ears, without people being hurt, without a thousand words of drama and heartache. Friday Night portrays such a night, wrapped in superb camerawork (you can always tell when a cinematographer started out as a still photographer,) ethereal, lighter than air music (I'll buy this DVD if only for that, as there seems to be no soundtrack cd) and editing which allows us to be caressed by the quiet moments. Someone once said that the music is between the notes, and the editor and director understand this. An unusual, sensual, quiet little experience for the film fan weary of overacted, explosive American fare. If you've experienced a one night stand or two, you may find yourself wishing they had been this uncomplicated and enjoyable."