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also known as La noche de enfrente

Night Across the Street2012

  • 3.5
On the verge of a forced retirement, Don Celso, an elderly office worker, begins to relive both real and imagined memories from his life: a trip to the movies as a young boy with Ludwig van Beethoven, listening to tall tales from Long John Silver, a brief stay in a haunted hotel, conversations with a fictional doppelgänger of a real writer, Jean Giono. Stories hide within stories and the thin line between imagination and reality steadily erodes, opening up a marvelous new world of personal remembrance and fantastic melodrama. In this playfully elegiac film, loosely adapted from the fantastical short stories of Chilean writer Hernán del Solar, Raúl Ruiz has crafted a final masterwork on his favorite subjects: fiction, history and life itself.

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"Raúl Ruiz's final film is one of the cinema's grandest, most graceful farewells to life." - Richard Brody, the New Yorker


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What completely engaging, brilliant , darkly comic, poem of a film. It is old style casually surrealist Art cinema.

A manipulation and flow of imagery that stays locked on the star of the narrative equalled only by the likes of Fellini or Cocteau.

I love this film, and am glad it is on the web for us to see! I recommend it ferociously!