Friday Night (Vendredi Soir)

Friday Night (Vendredi Soir)
  • 2002
  • France
  • 1h 30min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Claire Denis
  • Written by: Claire Denis, Emmanuèle Bernheim
  • Cast: Valérie Lemercier, Vincent Lindon
  • Language: French

A winter's Friday night in Paris, where a public transport strike has forced the city's traffic to a standstill. Caught up in the gridlock is Laure (comedienne Lemercier). When a stranger Jean (Vincent Lindon) knocks on her car window, a chance encounter turns into a joyful one-night stand. Verbal dialogue in this impressively acted film is almost non-existent: meaning is conveyed by the close-ups of looks and glances exchanged between the lovers, or by the way Agnes Godard's mobile camera tracks their bodies moving in mutual attraction within confined spaces. Accompanied by an excellent string score from Dickon Hinchliffe of the Tindersticks. A warm, tender and wonderfully romantic film.

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