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Nocturnal

A teenage girl forms a mysterious relationship with an older man in this atmospheric debut from director Nathalie Biancheri.

Dir Nathalie Biancheri
Prod Colin Michael Day, Coco Marie Schneider
Scr Olivia Waring, Nathalie Biancheri
With Cosmo Jarvis, Lauren Coe, Sadie Frost
UK
2019
86min
Sales Urban Distribution International

16-year-old schoolgirl Laurie lives alone with her single mother. Something of an outsider, the aspiring athlete struggles to connect with the other girls on her track team, distancing herself with a quietly combative demeanour. But Laurie can’t deflect the attention of Pete, a handyman in his 30s performing some odd jobs at her school. After a couple of curt interactions, Laurie eventually agrees to hang out with her new admirer and almost immediately a connection is apparent. As they spend more time together, a unique bond grows, yet Pete’s intentions remain ambiguous. Until one day the truth emerges. Rife with simmering emotional tension, Nathalie Biancheri’s beautifully controlled character study boasts remarkably natural performances from Lauren Coe and Cosmo Jarvis, whose playful banter conceals something more serious lurking beneath the surface.

Michael Blyth

Festival guests

These members of the filmmaking team are expected to attend the festival:

  • Nathalie Biancheri, director; Olivia Waring, screenwriter; Coco Schneider, producer; Colin Day, producer; Amber Jean Rowan, cast; Amy Griffiths, cast; Lauren Coe, cast.

See the full list of visiting festival guests. Please note that we can't guarantee guest attendance at any particular screening.

Additional information

This film contains flashing images.

Special £5 tickets for 25 & Under are bookable in advance at bfi.org.uk/lff/25-and-under.


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