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On a Magical Night

Chambre 212

Gallic auteur Christophe Honoré returns with this exquisitely melancholic delectation about a married couple who have fallen out of love.

Dir-Scr Christophe Honoré
Prod Philippe Martin, David Thion
With Chiara Mastroianni, Vincent Lacoste, Camille Cottin
France-Luxembourg-Belgium
2019
86min
Sales Charades
With English subtitles

After yet another bitter row, Maria (Chiara Mastroianni) finds herself staying in a hotel overlooking the apartment she shares with husband Richard (Benjamin Biolay). As she debates what to do next, the ghosts of past lovers begin to fill the room, forcing Maria to confront her romantic triumphs and failures. Shot through with the director’s customary eroticism and wit, this gorgeous and often funny film returns to similar territory as break out films Dans Paris (LFF 2006) and Les Chansons D’Amour. The same vivid evocation of Paris is found here, along with a healthy preoccupation with beautiful people and their love affairs. But a refreshing romantic pessimism feels new, lending this apparently small-scale drama an unsentimental and perceptive insight and wisdom.

Paul Ridd

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