A wealthy young man and a poor street lad cruise the streets of São Paulo looking for prostitutes in this erotic drama. Luis (Mario Benvenuti) and Nelson (Gabrielle Tinti) take Mara (Norma Bengeli) and Regina (Odete Lara) back to a luxury apartment. They watch X-rated films, have sex, and try to talk the women into a lesbian liaison. Regina is the hard-as-nails hooker who has long ago suspended any feelings, but the younger Mara still enjoys her encounter with the man and remains hopeful that someday she will find true love. Both men are left as emotionally empty as when they started their search for sex. —Dan Pavlides
Walter Hugo Khouri (21 October 1929, São Paulo — 27 June 2003, São Paulo) was a Brazilian film director.
He made 25 motion pictures, many of which showed characters in search for a meaning to their agonizing existence. Khouri won many prizes both in his home country and internationally.
His œuvre, highly influenced by filmmakers such as Ingmar Bergman and Michelangelo Antonioni, jazz, writers like D. H. Lawrence and Albert Camus and philosophers like Spinoza, is very personal and homogeneous.
His most important movie, Noite Vazia (aka Men and Women), made in 1964, was about four characters, two men and two prostitutes, in conflict with their lives, having as background the rising metropolis of São Paulo from the 1960’s. It consecrated him for the stunning cinematography and excellent acting. —wikipedia
One of the best films I've ever watched in my entire life. Period. It approximates the strangeness of L'Eclisse but the visual unity it there. Very beautiful images. Antonioni should watch this! :)
What astounded me was the obvious connection to Antonioni and Resnais, but that Khouri didn't philosophize the way those two do. He didn't make the world in the film larger than what was shown on screen. It almost makes it more agonizing because the characters are not able to find solace in the 'existential dread' ever present. More that life is a diminishing hole sucking one into its abyss.
Muitos chamaram Khouri de 'sub-antonioni' ou sub-qualquer outro autor europeu do 'cinema do espírito'. Injusto: "Noite vazia" mescla vazio e dúvidas existenciais, uma fotografia afinada com mulheres bonitas e ainda diálogos certeiros. Deixa de lado qualquer 'bronca' cinemanovista e expõe o desespero de homens e mulheres em busca de alguma, qualquer coisa nova....Um 'antídoto antimonotonia"! Dos melhores de Khouri.