A Thousand Times Goodnight
Directed by Erik Poppe and starring Juliette Binoche
In Norwegian director Erik Poppe’s accomplished effort, Rebecca, played by the luminous Juliette Binoche, is a photojournalist obsessed with reporting in dangerous war zones, all in an effort to shed light on the real cost of modern war. But she’s also a wife and mother, leaving behind a husband and two young daughters every time she travels to a new combat zone.
After a near-death experience chronicling the ritual of a female suicide bomber, husband Marcus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays Jaime in Game of Thrones) levels an ultimatum: give up the dangerous profession or lose the family she counts on being there when she returns from each assignment. Yet the conviction that her photos can make a difference keeps pulling at Rebecca’s resolve, making it difficult for her to walk away entirely. With an offer to photograph a refugee camp in Kenya, a place allegedly so safe that daughter Steph (Lauryn Canny) is allowed to join her, Rebecca comes face to face with just how much she risks each time she steps back into the fray.
“Deftly sidestepping both melodrama and family-values messaging, Poppe imbues the film with enormous emotional resonance, brilliantly grounded by his leading lady. The absence of subtitles and the presence of Binoche should open global art house doors for this Montreal fest grand prizewinner.” —Ronnie Scheib, Variety
Director: Erik Poppe
Screenwriters: Erik Poppe, Harald Rosenløw-Eeg, Kristen Sheridan Cinematographer: John Christian Rosenlund
Editor: Sofia Lindgren
Music: Armand Amar
Cast: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Juliette Binoche, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Larry Mullen Jr., Lauryn Canny
Running Time: 117 minutes