“Les Passengers de la Nuit”, solitude gathered in Paris in the 1980s

Night Passenger ***

By Mikhael Hers

French film, 1 hour 51

It begins on the night of May 10, 1981, with a scene of jubilation in the streets of Paris announcing the victory of Franোois Mitterrand, and is the full film of Michael Haras, who for some time has been engrossed in this nostalgia. Just knew himself.

Everything about the texture of the film, the color of the picture or the topography of the space – from the Bugrenell Tower to the Mason de la Radio where the story takes place – takes us back to the 1980s, between two occupied worlds: the hope of change and soon dreams shattered by harsh economic realities. In; The pinnacle of a victorious modernity that had already aged and competed.

An atmospheric presentation of the 1980s

However, there is nothing political in the words of the director. That year’s atmospheric reconstruction, skillfully mixing archival images and reconstructions, just like that of a painter, aims to offer a subtle background in tune with the feelings of his characters. They are also floating between the two worlds. Elizabeth (Charlotte Gainsbourg), in her early fifties, had just passed away by her husband and was struggling to swallow her tears in the face of the abyss of existence open before her. His two older teenagers, Matthias and Judith, are ready to go but are still hesitant about the possibility. Finally, Talulah (Noi Abita), a young homeless man who has miraculously floated, will find the warmth and stability of a home with them for a while.

All this loneliness resonates with those who are confident on the night Vanda (Emmanuel Bert) radio show where Elizabeth finds a small job. They will brush against each other, support each other, sometimes push each other to rebuild (each other) and each will follow their own path. Basically, like the previous films of Michael Hars, This feeling of summer And Amanda, It’s still about mourning. Not an individual but a marriage, childhood or past and the way it affects them will help them overcome it.

Critical. “Amanda”, mourning for innocence

If the scene is faint, there is an infinite subtlety in the performance of the feeling and the pleasure of taking a sensitive dip in Paris at night and in the morning. There, you can meet Jack Rivet on the subway and visit Escure Panorama, Full moon night By Eric Rohmer, with a Pascal Ogier in which Noi Abita offers a kind of reincarnation.

Charlotte Gainsbourg has arrived here in a form of maturity

The work of the figure with these various supports sometimes limits the behavior but does not prevent the emotion from happening. On the contrary, it often contributes to bringing it to life, just like those old Super 8 movies of our childhood. Or singing in Joe Dasin’s warm voice And if you did not exist. That year’s “Chiki”, Charlotte Gainsbourg, who has reached a form of maturity here, is no stranger to this feeling either.

On the edge, amidst constant laughter and tears, the actress is both extremely fragile and incredibly determined. Chrysalis to rediscover herself as a housewife from her cocoon, step by step, another life. Whom he chooses to choose, has taken the dangerous path of his own liberation and is surrounded by the family he has created.

The story unfolds for seven years but its ellipses are so invisible that time passes like a breath and, like a memory, mixes only important moments, pains and joys together. Through this highly regulated fourth feature film, selected in Berlin earlier this year, Michael Hars, 47, digs a very personal dig, whose sensibility – or melodrama, if you will – is within the right range. He also claims to be a great painter, calling all our senses and bringing us even better to the warm intimacy of his movies.


A director who pretends

1975 He was born on 18 February in Paris.

2004. Graduated from the production department of La Femis.

2006. Directed the first short film, CharlesFreely inspired Such brave boys By Patrick Modiano, selected for Critics Week at Cannes Film Festival.

2009. In MontparnasseHis third short film, Jean-Vigo, won the award, and Kane won the director’s Fortnight award.

2010. Shooting of his first feature film, Memory lane.

2015. This feeling of summer, Shot between Berlin, Paris and New York, Judith Chamla and Anders Danielsen put the likes together.

2018. AmandaWith Vincent Lacoste and Isaure Multrier, the grief of a little girl taken by her uncle after an attack.

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