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188 Ratings

Night Across the Street

La noche de enfrente

Directed by Raúl Ruiz
Chile, France, 2012
Avant-Garde, Drama


On the verge of a forced retirement, an elderly office worker begins to relive real and imagined memories from his life, from conversations with Long John Silver to cinema trips with Beethoven to a brief stay in a haunted hotel. All the while, a sinister end appears to be closing in…

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Night Across the Street Directed by Raúl Ruiz
A charming riff on some of the Chilean director’s favorite subjects—time, memory, language, and death—and among his most inventive works. . . . Although the book does not appear to be available in English, the introduction to the Spanish text identifies del Solar—who was born in 1901—as a modernist, describing him as the “critic as narrator”—a fusion also applicable to Ruiz, whose reflexive aesthetics and insatiable appetite for storytelling are both evident here.
February 09, 2018
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Time “stumbles” in Night and “doesn’t pass. The hours don’t follow one another.” Time seems both static and elastic, space ever pliable, in Ruiz’s crumbling funhouse, and events rarely ensue with any logic, causality, or certitude… As Night Across the Street so movingly proves, the world is immeasurably diminished by his absence.
July 30, 2013
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The film’s quietly triumphant ending only proves Celso’s maxim that “you can’t kill yourself, [only] lend yourself to death”—which for Ruiz meant lending himself to the movies. His wise, playful swan song is no monument or testament. It’s something much less showy and much more private: something of Ruiz himself, hosting radio shows, playing with marbles, and dreaming of Beethoven from beyond the grave, in the flickering light of the screen.
February 06, 2013
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