Oscar, a conservator at the Natural Sciences Museum, passes the days indulging his passion for studying insects; if only there were still days. As long as people can remember, the sun only releases a few pathetic rays for fifteen seconds before noon. The rest of the time, the world is plunged into a night without end, a permanent eclipse. Coming home after work, Oscar finds an African woman in his bed. Suffering from a mysterious and incurable disease, she seems to have come to his place to die. Trapped between desire and repulsion, Oscar gradually abandons his life to terrifying phantoms. The long awaited feature length debut film of talented short filmmaker Olivier Smolders, BLACK NIGHT is mysterious, ghostly, technically impeccable and continuously bathed in a magical, surreal light.
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Wow...words can't describe this film. Oftentimes beautiful, at all times dark; there's meaning there if you can find it.
It will be difficult to put 'Black Night' away from my thoughts for some time. Unique and bizarre, strange and romantic -- it is a fitful dance of the human psyche and one man's journey towards self-understanding.
This is beautiful and surreal and well worth seeing. There are even circus animals.