Last Night

5 Feb

Last Night is a film that you would pick up in your local entertainments store and the front cover wouldn’t tell you anything about what you are going to see. It looks like every other generic but enjoyable romance-fuelled film, where the cast are pretty and the storyline is glossy. But that isn’t what this film is and boy is that a wonderful thing.

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The story centres around Joanna (Keira Knightley) and Michael (Sam Worthington), a young married couple who despite having some minor quarrels seem to have it sussed with a very honest and thought-provoking relationship. After Joanna confronts Michael about his possible attraction towards his co-worker Laura (Eva Mendes), he leaves on a business trip leaving the couple separated for one evening. While Michael attempts to resist his feelings, Joanna runs into her past love Alex (Guillaume Canet), and so begins a night that no-one could have anticipated.

last_nightThe film is extremely flirtatious. It does not take sides but relies on you drawing from your own experiences to relate to a character at any given moment. Your emotional connection with the people involved flips almost instantaneously as their actions become more and more destructive. What’s interesting is that it causes you to look deep into the past and question yourself and why the film/scene/line has effected you a certain way. Pure unadulterated relatability. This relatability coupled with a brilliantly written script and stellar performances (particularly Griffin Dunne’s supporting role as Alex’s friend Truman) makes for a wonderful piece of humanistic cinema.

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Massy Tadjedin’s (The Jacket) Last Night is a modern morality tale. As Joanna and Michael try to fight temptation they are pulled deeper into a world of seduction and danger by the elements around them. What sets it apart from the rest of those glossy rom-coms is that it truly is the most honest tale of relationships and life, keeping you hooked from start to finish.

As well as feeling tempted to watch it again and again, Last Night will leave you with one thought – What is the biggest betrayal: a man who has sex with a woman he feels nothing for or a woman who sleeps next to a man she loves?

Selling Point – Guillaume Canet is truly exceptional as the man who wishes he was Michael and had married Joanna. His performance is heartbreaking but sweet and easily the best element of the film. Canet, you have earnt yourself a new fan.

Quote-a-rama – ‘People don’t change when they’re married.  At most your weight fluctuates and you start dressing different.’

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