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La Notte
8.8
/10
9,625 Ratings

LA NOTTE

Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni
Italy, France, 1961
Drama

Synopsis

In Milan, Lidia storms out of a gathering held to honor her husband, Giovanni, who has just written a novel. Distressed at the news that her friend Tommaso has a terminal illness, Lidia begins roaming the streets, questioning her marriage. Meanwhile, Giovanni, attempts to seduce ingénue Valentina.

Synopsis

In Milan, Lidia storms out of a gathering held to honor her husband, Giovanni, who has just written a novel. Distressed at the news that her friend Tommaso has a terminal illness, Lidia begins roaming the streets, questioning her marriage. Meanwhile, Giovanni, attempts to seduce ingénue Valentina.

Our take

With immortal performances from Jeanne Moreau and Marcello Mastroianni, Michelangelo Antonioni’s brittle masterpiece is a chilling exploration of emotional displacement. Charting the disintegration of a listless marriage, La Notte slinks enigmatically through the cooling embers of a suspended love.