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88 Ratings

On a Magical Night

Chambre 212

Directed by Christophe Honoré
France, Belgium, 2019


Richard and Catherine were in love and got married when they were 20 years old. Years later, Catherine finds herself a lover. Richard discovers the affair and is driven to despair. Catherine takes off, but she doesn’t go far. She simply crosses the street and holes up in a bedroom in a hotel.

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On a Magical Night Directed by Christophe Honoré

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2019 | Winner: Un Certain Regard - Prix d'interpretation

César Awards

2020 | Nominee: Best Actress

That conceit is key to the open eroticism of On a Magical Night, which contrasts with Hollywood’s current asexual immorality. This heterosexual story shows Honoré acceding to moral tradition — to ethical argument, not fashionable politics about gender. Chiara Mastroianni, combing aspects of her parents Marcello Mastroianni and Catherine Deneuve, makes an uncanny embodiment of that complex effort.
May 15, 2020
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Despite the fantastic premise and the ostensibly comedic bits of business Honoré strews throughout (pay attention to the changing marquee of the cinema on the street where both Maria’s apartment and the hotel are), the movie’s treatment of its themes still too often lists toward a near-ponderous solemnity.
May 07, 2020
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It’s not hard to imagine what an American version of this would look like: lots of characters yelling and slamming doors, way too much time spent setting up the whole magic hotel thing. On A Magical Night is thankfully free of any internal logic.
May 05, 2020
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