China/France, 2018, 138 min, 3D 2K DCP, Dir. Bi Gan, Not Rated, Mandarin with English subtitles, Kino Lorber
“A magical piece of filmmaking that ranks among the great poetic and technical achievements in recent cinema.” – Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times
Writer-director Bi Gan’s immersive art-house sensation broke box office records in China. Long Day’s Journey Into Night is a noir-tinged film about a lonely man’s quest to find the woman he loved and has been unable to forget, told in two parts: the first an achronological detective story, the second a nocturnal dream. The director has created a film like nothing you’ve seen before, especially in the second half’s hour-long, gravity-defying 3D shot, which plunges its protagonist - and us - through a labyrinthine cityscape. “Midnight movies are no longer the attraction they were in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s,” writes The New York Times’ Glenn Kenny. “This sometimes seems like a shame. Long Day’s Journey Into Night would make exemplary late-night communal viewing ... . Watching it feels like dreaming with your eyes open.”
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