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Plot: Rebecca is one of the world's top war photographers. She must weather a major emotional storm when her husband refuses to put up with her dangerous life any longer. He and their young .. Runtime: 117 mins Release Date: 24 Oct 2014
Difficult Themes Handled in a Riveting Way (by randall-3-562343)
This film deals with numerous mature themes, and handles them in an incredibly well-crafted way:> how families and children in the US are so sheltered and distanced from life around the world; > how our American dream is the target of extremists who want to blow it up; > how families can be torn apart by jobs and responsibilities that take them in different directions; > how committed the people who commit acts of violence are - we really don't have our minds wrapped around their mindsets;> how spouses support one another's work responsibilities, or not.Maybe if <more>
there's a flaw it has to do with the many theme plots it contains, but in the end I would see it again. And if you will return to see a film twice, then it had to have something of value.It you want to be entertained, this is not your film of choice. If you want to be engaged in thought-provoking subject matter, go.
It left me with a punch in my stomach and a lump in my throat. (by koen_smit)
Beautiful acting, intense story and a roller-coaster of emotions. That kind of sums up what I felt about this movie after seeing it. Juliette Binoche portraits a passionate woman who is torn by the love for her work and the love for her family. Being a war-photographer, her safety is constantly at risk and her passion to show what is happening puts her in even more danger. Her husband cannot accept her neglect of the responsibility she has as a wife and a mother of two daughters. She chooses her family over her work and tries to deal with her choice. But it does tear her apart.Her husband <more>
obviously sees this as well, and suggest to her to take her adolescent daughter to a 'safe' part of Africa to shoot some pictures of a refugee camp and to bond with her. It also gives her daughter some first-hand experience for her school-project about Africa. But her passion takes over when the camp is overrun by a trigger-happy tribe and she smells the sweet scent of danger she loves so much.Juliette Binoche has created a beautiful multi-layered character. You may not agree with her choices but you do understand them. Nikolaj Coaster-Waldau does a great job as the frustrated husband who loves his wife so much, but can't live with the knowledge that one day she might not be coming home from work. The script is smartly written. The directions keep you on the edge of your seat because it never gets boring and you constantly feel there's something underneath needing to come to the surface at some time. Add some beautiful camera-work and this might as well be one of the best movies I've seen this year. It left me with a punch in my stomach and a lump in my throat. 10/10
I can not stress how much I love this film. There are so many beautiful moments, and so many beautiful shots. This film really went straight into my heart, and I felt every moment of it. Artistically it's shot very well, and I got nothing negative to say about the mise-en-scene. I believe it's a very important story to tell, and when I found out it was based on the directors life, I was even more impressed. Lauryn Canny was only 14 years old when the film were shot, and to get such a great performance from someone that young is admirable. It will go under my all time favourite films. <more>
Nicolaj is a great actor and it's nice to see him in a role like this, and as usual, Juliette's performance is strong, and you believe every tear that falls from her eyes. She is such a talented actress, and she was perfect for the role!
'Someone must make the world see....' (by gradyharp)
A film about a female investigative journalist is bound to raise a reaction among viewers, especially when the atrocities filmed are so brutal. But that is the point being made by writer/director Erik Poppe with added written material by Harald Rosenløw-Eeg and Kirsten Sheridan . The main character in this story is Rebecca a radiant and brilliant Juliette Binoche , one of the world's top war photographers. She must weather a major emotional storm when her husband Marcus Nikolaj Coaster-Waldau refuses to put up with her dangerous life any longer. He and their young daughters – <more>
especially Steph Lauryn Canny but also the much younger Lisa Adrianna Cramer Curtis - need Rebecca, who, however, loves both her family and her work. Rebecca has been angry, since a child, over the way people around the globe focus on the detritus of local news and pay little attention to the horrors that occur daily in the countries besieged by terror. Rebecca resolves to take Steph at Steph's request to Kenya where inadvertently they witness terrorist acts even though Rebecca had been promised the area was safe. The result of Rebecca's endangering her daughter results in her marriage dissolving, but other changes in Rebecca's smoldering anger and angst result also.The film is very well photographed and both Binoche and Coaster-Waldau are excellent. The supporting cast is strong especially a very small bit part for Maria Doyle Kennedy and the musical score by Armand Amar is deeply moving. The film places before us the incalculable struggles war correspondents face but at the same time it brings to out attention just how impossibly difficult life in troubled countries can be. Grady Harp December 14
Caught between passion and family. (by Reno-Rangan)
Frankly, I never knew what the movie is about. What I expected was a beautiful romantic drama and I got a movie that defined someone's struggle over her passion and its reality. After seeing opening scene I thought it would be another movie about war similar to the '5 Days of War'. I am glad it was so distinct which was partially based on the director own experiential story when he served as a photojournalist in the '80s. It is a jointly produced movie by Ireland and Norway in English language.Rebecca is a passionate war zone photojournalist and her daring attitude make her <more>
one of the finest on the field. Like always her latest journey takes place in the war torn city of Kabul, Afghanistan. She follows a suicide bomber to cover up the story where she gets injured. After the accident the whole story flips back to her home in Ireland where it chronicles the worried husband and the two children who are very affectionate of her. This is the time where she has to choose the side, the professional? Or the family? The stay at home during recovery makes her realize the worth of her life. So the movie's end strikes with the path she opts to travel forth.''Sometimes it's hard to stay at home. I mean, the one who stays at home has the hardest job.''Well, it served a message with the touch of melodrama. The story demonstrated family value on the right amount of each others love and care. The opening and the end scenes that take place in Afghanistan was so brutal and there's another one that takes place in Kenya. But bringing the reality on the screen as it happening some places of the world must be appreciated. It kind of makes you realize that someone is sacrificing their life to bring light on what's happening in the war zones. Like always, Juliette Binoche was good. It was her movie, her side of the story told when she was caught between the family who loves and the war that calls her.One of the fascinating thematic movie. Regarding the main role, you may think why she's not stopping the tragedy from happening. That's the journalism, when you have no power to act, just expose to the rest of the world. The combination of family drama and the conflict zone are like two different genres that brought together awesomely. The director's own experience helped to shape the movie well. Almost all the combat related scenes were so realistic as what he had seen is now letting us know through this film. I think this movie is a must see. The end scene makes us go speechless, woefully.
I saw this at The Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis this weekend. It's been 24+ hours since the movie ended, and it's themes are still with me. The horror of war..the difficulty balancing passion and pragmatism...what do children need from their parents... My mind changed such that the final take away is the theme of the film. Life is difficult and decisions have consequences. I want to have coffee with Rebecca and shake her. Tell her how much her children and husband need her..Tell her the sacrifice isn't worth it. Atrocities will continue. Taking pictures of suicide <more>
bombers does glamorous the cause. Taking pictures of deceased Africans doesn't bring them to life. Why are you so angry? For these reasons, I must recommend this film. It is not only well acted, but it creates and stirs up emotions, makes you think. Some time more than entertainment is demanded from a film.
In a warm sunny day in Montreal I went to watch the very new arrival film "A Thousand Times Good Night". I had no idea how it would be impressive because I could not find much information through the web.All the people may encounter a paradoxical situation between their family and their job. This fact is more realizable when you are a war photographer. The first scenes of A Thousand Times Good Night are too devastating. You can feel the horror, anger, and self-sacrifice behavior in those Afghan extremists. It seems that the suicide bomber just jumped to her destiny as she had been <more>
told to do and in parallel she was scared to death. These paradoxical situations just began from the very first scene and moves through the film. The photographer, Rebecca, had her own dilemmas between her enthusiast and her family life. I think the symbolic scene which shows Rebecca plunging in reverse was frequently displayed to show how it would be difficult to decide in dilemmas. You may watch it or refuse to watch it but it worth to watch because this is life as it is!
I came into the movies with an open mind, without any knowledge of either the plot, setting or premise of the movie. The opening left me mesmerized, starting off with a silent photographer documenting a ceremonial initiation of a suicide bomber, to later become hurt in the subsequent IED attack. The following complications and insight to the photographer's life really builds up a powerful and emotional drama that mostly plays out within the borders of her own home.From the reaction of her husband to their children's acceptance of their mother's dangerous occupation, every scene <more>
feels truly genuine. In addition to being a perfectly acted and directed movie, the cinematography is, to say the least, absolutely astonishing and beautiful. From start to end, the movie feels like a beautiful painting, with no expense spared on the details. The most refreshing feature of this particular movie is the way the story is delivered, in a non-predictable fashion freed from the basic "Hollywood-recipe". To say the least, this is by far one of the best European movie released in years, and I am yet to see a movie this original, captivating, refreshing and complex from Hollywood. 10/10 stars, absolutely a must-see for all movie enthusiasts that appreciate something else than recycled, brain-dead black and white portraits of reality that Hollywood keeps producing.
Absorbing and thought provoking drama. Excellent (by MattyGibbs)
A thousand times good night is a slow burning drama about a war zone photographer who is torn between her family and her job which is her passion. Although this is fairly slow moving at times I found it to be totally absorbing. This is in no small way due to a wonderful performance from Juliette Binoche as the mom. Her character is at times selfish but she also manages to evoke some sympathy as she fights to try and keep both her family happy and also continue doing a job that is integral to her mental well being. I like the fact that rather than take the rather simple and obvious stance that <more>
motherhood must always come first it instead makes the viewer ask some thought provoking questions. Although Binoche carries the film there is a good supporting performance from Lauryn Canny as her daughter. For me the downside to the film was the lack of chemistry between Binoche and Nikolaj Coaster-Waldau who plays her husband. i did struggle to believe that they could be a couple let alone stay together for such a long period. I found this a hugely satisfying film and it is highly recommended for those that like intelligent drama. A must see.