Get SF Weekly Newsletters
Pin It

"A Thousand Times Good Night": The Things That Keep You Away from Beloved War 

Tuesday, Oct 21 2014
Comments

In Erik Poppe's film, Rebecca (Juliette Binoche) is a photojournalist with a drive to cover some of the darkest things in some of the most dangerous parts of the world. In the opening scenes, Rebecca documents the journey of a young Kabul suicide bomber from getting wired up to eventually detonating; injured in the blast and struggling with PTSD, Rebecca returns home to find that her husband Marcus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, still sporting his greasy Game of Thrones hair and beard) and older daughter Steph (Lauryn Canny) would prefer that she stopped risking her life so much. But Steph is also intrigued by her mother's work, and asks to go on Rebecca's next assignment, which they're promised will be far less dangerous. What's especially refreshing about the work-versus-home drama of A Thousand Times Good Night is that while it's inspired by the male director's own experiences as a war photographer, the typical gender roles are reversed. The soul of the film is the relationship between a mother and daughter, not a father and son, and the man is married to a woman six years his senior, as opposed to half his age. It's probably because it's an Irish-Norwegian film rather than American, but whatever the reason, it's a nice change of pace.

Tags:

About The Author

Sherilyn Connelly

Comments


Comments are closed.

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed

Slideshows

  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"