In a large apartment high above the city lives our couple. They’re in love. She’s a painter, he’s a successful actor. Just a normal afternoon – except that this isn’t a normal afternoon, for them or anyone else. Because tomorrow, at 4:44 am, give or take a few seconds, the world will come to an end.
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I found the film oddly highly uplifting. The amount of information the protagonists take in from screens large and small is testament to the amount of info available to us in this day and age but the attempts at logic never amount to anything. Skye's art and the implication of a higher power in Cisco evading his drug habits are what Ferrara identifies with human progress even in humanities final hours. Masterwork.
A very bold, brave film that feels more European than American, and which offers a more honest and believable account of world's end than "The Day After Tomorrow." I have a feeling this is a film I will return to often, since it has a nice sense of calmness and affirmation of life.
Besides retrace the histories that have paved the lineaments of your face, what to do the last few hours before the world ends? Get high? Call Mom? Make masterpieces? Eat a steak with your dog? This is the most civil of apocalypse film. Sure there are quarrels, a suicide, a calling-out-the-landlord for the rent hikes. Might as well fuck and order Chinese! A moving night on Delancey, an idealized peace to the end all.
We know for sure about our mortality and yet we don't know anything about the meaning of it. We speculate and speculate, but eventually everything turns out to be circle. Then nihilism comes up which is fought back by the ideas of labour and occasional sex. Yes! All we've left with are those distractions. The ending of the world is just a detail, it already is fading away for each one of us.