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The Passengers of the Night(Les Passagers de la nuit)

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France · 2022
1h 51m
Director Mikhaël Hers
Starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Emmanuelle Béart, Noée Abita, Quito Rayon Richter
Genre Drama

Left by her husband, Elisabeth finds herself alone, responsible for the day-to-day care of her two children. She picks up a job on a night-time radio show, where she meets Talulah, a youngster she decides to take under her wing.

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The Hollywood Reporter by David Rooney

The film spans several years in her life and that of her family, covering moments both important and relatively inconsequential. It’s a credit to Hers’ contemplative, never intrusive observational style that by the end of the two-hour running time we know them intimately.


IndieWire by Jude Dry

The film’s greatest achievement is the measured and elegant gaze on a woman in the prime of life, often referred to as middle age, whose desires (both sexual and professional) are neither diminished nor pathologized.


Variety by Michael Nordine

An airy, low-key drama that doesn’t suffer for its lack of narrative tension, The Passengers of the Night further proves the old adage about the journey mattering more the destination.


The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

This is a film that doesn’t set out to push your emotional buttons all that hard, or even at all. But it covers a surprising amount of narrative ground and there is always something engaging and tender to it.


The Playlist by Rafaela Sales Ross

Gainsbourg is riveting in her portrayal of the intricacy of this pattern, her hands grasping for the tangibility of doorframes when words seem far too futile, her back arching and contracting to respond to ecstasy and sorrow.

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