Toute une nuit (Chantal Akerman, 1982)
All Night Long
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Toute une nuit (Chantal Akerman, 1982)
Language
Taal
Langue
French
Subtitles
Ondertitels
Sous-titres
Dutch, English
Only available in
Enkel beschikbaar in
Disponible uniquement en
Belgium, Luxembourg, The Netherlands
Duration
Duur
Durée
90'
Aspect Ratio
Beeldverhouding
Format d'image
1.66

A stormy summer night in Brussels. Men and women sweat through the tense, sultry heat until dawn, living, dreaming of or stumbling across love. Solitude too, occasionally also passion. It is as if time is suspended, magnified by desire and anticipation. Something will happen this evening: it is inevitable. And thus a ballet takes shape, a puzzle, a chassé-croisé. Chantal Akerman offers us “fragments of lovers’ discourse”, pieces from a novel. A dozen couples or so begin, end or continue a romance, the course of which is traced by simple but bold motifs such as the songs of Piaf. The stories take us in taxis and train stations, telephone calls, hotel rooms, hastily packed suitcases and crumpled bed sheets. The partners stay for three dances and then leave the floor. Couples are suddenly split apart by a coup de foudre, truths shatter the silence like gunfire.

This is the meeting point of photo-narrative and the filmic avant-garde. Once again Akerman’s characteristic stylistic devices are present: the static camera, extremely geometric framings, long sequences and the precise yet slightly off-key acting - the cast seem more involved in their own truths than in reality. Three dances mark the rhythm of the film, the only pieces of music in a soundtrack made up of sounds and infrequent dialogue. The cinema of Akerman on the one hand is positioned by its grammar in the modernist tradition (with its use of the cut, elongation of time, freedom of the characters and deconstruction of the narrative); on the other it draws upon and is based in a sensibility exploring the universal nature of the novelesque.

Jacqueline Aubenas

Toue une nuit (Chantal Akerman, 1982)
Language
Taal
Langue
French
Subtitles
Ondertitels
Sous-titres
Dutch, English
Only available in
Enkel beschikbaar in
Disponible uniquement en
Belgium, Luxembourg, The Netherlands
Duration
Duur
Durée
90'
Aspect Ratio
Beeldverhouding
Format d'image
1.66
A Film by
Een film van
Un film de
With
Met
Avec
Angelo Abazoglou, Frank Aendenboom, Natalia Akerman, Véronique Alain, Paul Allio, Jacques Bauduin, François Beukelaers, Michèle Blondeel, Philippe Bombled, Ignacio Carranza, Gabrielle Claes, Aurore Clément, Christiane Cohendy, Nicole Colchat, Edith De Barcy, Dirk De Batist, Laurent De Buyl, Jan Decleir, Jan Decorte, Ingrid De Vos, Alix Dugauquier, Marie-Ange Dutheil, Luk De Koninck, Philippe Ekkers, Bénédicte Erken, David Errer, Pierre Forget, Herman Gillis, Catherine Graindorge, Brigid Grauman, Lucy Grauman, Michel Karchevsky, Tchéky Karyo, Nadine Keseman, Pierre Lampe, Francine Landrain, Grégoire Lapiower, Hélène Lapiower, Jean-Philippe Laroche, Susanna Lastreto, Christine Leboutte, Carmela Locantore, Chris Lomme, Michel Lussan, Sylvie Milhaud, Claire Nelissen, Gisèle Oudart, Janine Patrick, Jan Pauwels, Bénédicte Paquay, Pietro Pizzuti, Juliette Pirlet, Roberto Platé, Isabelle Pousseur, Benjamin Rawitz, Nellie Rosiers, Vincent Rouche, Fanny Roy, Mathieu Schiffman, Marc Schreiber, Henri Van Lier, Florence Vercheval, Jacques Viala, Pierre Vaernewijck, Hilde Van Mieghem, Nathalie Willame, Sandrine Willems, Peter Woditsch, Bernard Yerlès, Simon Zaleski
Script
Scenario
Scénario
Chantal Akerman
Image
Beeld
Image
Caroline Champetier, François Hernandez, Mathieu Schiffmann
Sound
Geluid
Son
Ricardo Castro, Miguel Rejas, Henri Morelle, Daniel Deshays
Décor
Decor
Décor
Michèle Blondeel
Costumes
Kostuum
Costumes
Michèle Blondeel
Producer
Producent
Producteur
Nicole Flipo
Line Producer
Uitvoerend Producent
Producteur Exécutif
Marilyn Watelet
Editing
Montage
Montage
Luc Barnier, Véronique Auricoste
Sound Mix
Klankmix
Mixage son
Jean-Paul Loublier
Production
Productie
Production
Paradise Films
Co-production
Coproductie
Coproduction
Avidia-Films, Gerik Films, Lyre Films, Partner’s Production, Film International Rotterdam, Ciné 360, CBA