Clara and Nikolai meet at a sweat-soaked rave and end their night at his apartment. The first part of the film is an erotic and candid portrait of their lovemaking, but when Clara tries to sneak out without saying goodbye, this typical hookup takes an unexpected turn.
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Awful. Hard to watch 'till the end*. You would think this was made 20 years earlier. But it turns out these are not the children of the hippies, but their grandchildren. This generation should be rebelling against the puritanism of their parents, but there is the danger of another puritan surge with yet another tragic malaise of disenchanted hedonism. Pretty soon they'll be reading Otto Weininger and burning condoms.
[At the beginning of the movie, one of the greatest sex scene ever filmed, poetic and feverish at the same time]. 'Nuit #1' is a partial but vivid portrait of youth oscillating between existential void and longing for life. Maybe too verbose, but also full of tenderness and truth. Both actors are perfect for their role and I really enjoyed the chemistry between them.
Chekov! With piercing realism like Mike Leigh's films. Nicolai's character has echoes of Chekov's real life brother. And the title role in Ivanov. Nicolai Gogol, too. N hides from the world but leaves himself nowhere to hide emotionally. Clara gets out but hides from herself by living on the run. So they are good keys to each other's locks. Astonishing acting, and the first and last scenes are deeply human bookends.
Such a come-down after the nicely done opening rave scene. I've known these people. After they get some SSRIs and grow up a little, they tend to turn out just fine but until then their presence is laborious.