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The Passengers of the Night

Directed by Mikhaël Hers
2022
France
111 minutes
Unclassified 18+
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Charlotte Gainsbourg shines in a warm family drama set in 1980s Paris – a time of vinyl LPs, political optimism and talkback radio. Screened in Competition, Berlinale 2022.
Election night, 1981. Socialist François Mitterrand has been declared president and there are hopeful celebrations across Paris. But it is not a happy night for Elisabeth (Gainsbourg, Melancholia), whose marriage has come to an unexpected end. She must find the means to support herself and two teenaged children. When she lucks upon a job on her favourite talkback radio show, she meets Talulah (Noée Abita, Slalom, SFF 2021), a charismatic young woman who is struggling, and invites her home. Free-spirit Talulah has a lasting impact, inspiring confidence in each of the family members. With exquisite production design, a lovely soundtrack and clever use of archival footage, this heart-warming film is filled with small acts of kindness that have profound effects.
Mikhaël Hers has made a likably unassuming and easygoing movie set in 1980s Paris; a world of LPs and stonewashed denim, with TV news archive footage interspersed in the drama… there is something sweet-natured in the film’s positive attitude to life.
Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Gently uplifting without being schmaltzy, and moving without resorting to sentimentality.
Michael Nordine, Variety

Tickets

Sat 11 Jun
6:15pm
Hayden Orpheum Cremorne - Cinema 4
Past Event Cancel
Mon 13 Jun
2:45pm
State Theatre
Past Event Cancel
Thu 16 Jun
8:15pm
Ritz Randwick - Cinema 1
Past Event Cancel
Program Strand
Special Presentations
Original Title
Les Passagers De La Nuit
Year
2022
Classification
Unclassified 18+
Country
France
Language
In French with English subtitles
Director
Mikhaël Hers
Producer
Pierre Guyard
Cast
Charlotte Gainsbourg, Noée Abita, Emmanuelle Béart
Screenwriter
Mikhaël Hers, Maud Ameline, Mariette Désert
Cinematographer
Sébastien Buchmann
Editor
Marion Monnier
Premiere
Australian Premiere
Genre
Gender & Sexuality, Focus on Women, Politics & Economics
Company Credits
Australian Distributor: Madman Entertainment
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