THE PASSENGERS OF THE NIGHT

US Premiere


SPIRIT | WORLD

France 2022, 111 min, Director: Mikhaël Hers

The dissolution of a marriage is always difficult, and it’s even more so for Elisabeth (the iconic Charlotte Gainsbourg, radiant), in early 1980s Paris. She’s never been in a relationship with anyone but the husband who’s left her for another woman; her two children will soon leave the nest, and she’s never held a job. But when she nabs a position working for the host (Emmanuelle Béart) of the late-night call-in radio show she listens to, her fortunes begin to change. As the decade progresses, Elisabeth comes into her own, as do her kids in part due to their embrace of Talulah, a mysterious young drifter (Noée Abita). At once low-key and sweeping in its scope, reminiscent of Boyhood in its expansive slice of ordinary life, director Mikhaël Hers’ astutely-observed, compassionate and warm-hearted drama draws fine work from its veteran and emerging French talent. It’s also got a killer soundtrack of vintage Europop faves. —Dennis Harvey

In French with English subtitles

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Showtimes

In-Person


6:00 PM — Rafael 2

3:00 PM — Sequoia 1

Director

A native of Paris, writer-director Mikhaël Hers made his feature debut with CHARELL (2006). He won the Cannes Film Festival’s SFR Prize for MONTPARNASSE (2009). For his film Amanda (2018), he garnered the Venice Film Festival’s Magic Lantern Award and the Tokyo Gran Prix and screenplay awards at the Tokyo International Film Festival. His other films include PRIMROSE HILL (2007), MEMORY LANE (2010), and THIS SUMMER FEELING (2015).

Film Info

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Year:

2022

Running Time:

111

Director:

Mikhaël Hers

Producers:

Pierre Guyard

Cinematographers:

Sébastien Buchmann

Editors:

Marion Monnier

Writers:

Mikhaël Hers, Maud Ameline, Mariette Désert

Cast:

Charlotte Gainsbourg, Quito Rayon-Richter, Noée Abita, Megan Northam, Thibault Vinçon, Emmanuelle Béart

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