Being someone who is in the same situation as Luis, I found this deeply compelling and loyal to the fathers out there who have struggled to reconnect with their children; due to their past mistakes. In short, Bright Nights is an opening into another unheard world; the world of relationships that may be strong in biology - but lacking in the mentality to connect.
A tale of a father trying to reconnect with his son, this is undone by the work of writer-director Thomas Arslan. There's just nothing here that's engaging or interesting enough, and the film ends up feeling like a bit of a chore at times, despite the fairly brief runtime (just under 90 minutes).
Sincere in intentions, but rather conventional in delivery. The gorgoeous landscapes bear no cinematic resonance and the pauses between the two main characters are functionally inert because reticence is not compensated by denotative meaning elsewhere in the frames. Finely acted, yet it leaves a lot to be desired.
(3.5) Minimalism/slow pace suit nature of father/son rel'p. Prolonged awkward silences in isolated setting make the strain visceral. We must scan for tiny variations & nuances. Overt emotion does increase, & late-stage contrast feels huge -- equivalent of jarring close-ups after exclusively wides. A moving climax & perfect ending. Still, getting there did at times feel like an extended demo of the Kuleshov effect!
PC/TV scren. Since the classical Greek pieces that we are mostly destined to family tragedies, with more or less accent on the tragicity - the western was one of the preferred décors for cinema to expose such dramaturgy. Here Harslan makes European "quality" cinema: fixed frames, grandiose nature, expository silences, a lesson more or less learned in the end. More boring and predictable formality is difficult.
Excellent. My Father was similar to this Father years after his divorce from my Mother but was not as conciliatory about his role in the relationship. And was trying to use me to get closer to my brother. Anyways I loved the Norwegian mountains and scenery and as always I love hearing German very much and French of course. I thought the tension between Father and son after years of estrangement to be interesting.
When the father's dad passes, he takes this as an opportunity to rekindle his relationship with his own son by going on a road/hiking trip. It was such an anti-climatic plot; tons of tension, but nothing's resolved in the end. Very emotional, I can see where both of them are coming from, however they still should've set their differences apart and enjoy their time together. I do think this movie could've been better.
I can understand why other reviewers rate this film down. There’s not a lot here, outwardly. But I got something from the dynamic between father and son, maybe because of my own personal circumstances, and the resolution was convincing to me. It’s not a meaty film, but it was worth my time and I don’t always have the patience for slow films.
Missed this at Berlinale last year, and sadly it's that: missable. It's minimal/minimalist to a fault. There's that nice long forward tracking shot from the car in the middle, amidst that beautiful fog, but other than that, nothing in this moves me. I wish it risked more, explored more, but I guess it's written in such a way that everything in the conflict is mostly contained. German sensibility, maybe?