- Actors: Pascale Bussières, Rachael Crawford, Henry Czerny, David Fox, Don McKellar
- Directors: Patricia Rozema
- Writers: Patricia Rozema
- Producers: Barbara Tranter, Robert Lantos, Sandra Cunningham, Wolfram Tichy
- Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, NTSC, Widescreen, Import
- Language: English
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- MPAA Rating:
- Studio: WOLFE VIDEO
- Release Date: Feb. 5 2008
- Run Time: 94 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- ASIN: B000Z27HJ0
When Night Is Falling [Import]
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Successful in her teaching job at a conservative religious college, Camille (Pascale Bussières) looked forward to marrying her adoring, minister boyfriend (Henry Czerny) and settling down to the conventions of family and career. But a chance encounter with a beautiful, irresistibly sensuous young female circus performer named Petra (Rachael Crawford) is about to transform Camille s predictable life into an electrifyingly erotic adventure.
Captivated by Petra s impulsive sexuality and passionately free spirit, Camille is drawn into a world whose existence she never dared imagined: A world of hypnotic sensuality, rapturous self-discovery and exquisite erotic pleasure.
Now, walking an emotional high-wire between the familiar past and the forbidden future, Camille must choose between the love she can t forget... and the desire she can t resist.
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"When Night is Falling" is, in a word, superb. That the writer/director, actors, photographers and production staff were literally in love with this work is evidenced throughout. I nearly cried watching it, not for its poignancy but for its beauty. Perhaps the most evocative element for me was the music, especially when Camille walks into the circus building, and I felt her entering its alternate dimension, where the rules are all different.
The film, while sexually intense, is not graphic. It conveys a sense of expectancy and takes the viewer to fruition without visual consummation -never approaching pornography.
Dealing with a hetero-to-bisexual/lesbian surprise awakening by an innocent, uninitiated young instructor at a Christian college who is already involved in an almost secretive love affair with a male instructor, the inherent perversity of the work and life situations are treated with sensitivity and a touch of humor. Despite the temptation to cast the school's administrator as judgmental and rigid, no one comes off badly. And the while the story is about Camille's journey into a moth-and-flame self-discovery at the hands of unconventional Petra, it does not, in the end, forsake her fiance' Martin. There are subthreads to the story line as minor players' live interweave with those of Camillia, Martin, Petra and each other.
The scenes involving the trapeze twins were pure artistry as they visually mirrored the dynamics between Camille and Petra. And look for the oversupply of pencils on Camille's desk -the connection will soon follow.
The cinematography was dazzling, and the brevity of the credits attests to how much can be done on a very limited budget when CGI and special effects are not employed.
And that music!
You will want to keep this DVD -make sure you get the Canadian version, and after watching the film, rewatch the Director's commentary it's definitely worthwhile. And I'd love to meet her.
Nothing is more enjoyable than to see a successful love relatioship between two women. Unfortunately, in movies (major and independents) nothing is more rare! I am so tired of self hating lesbian directors making movies about sick, twisted women behaving in self-destructive behavior!
Fortunately!!! This movie is not one!
A wonderfully acted, enjoyable LOVE STORY between a lesbian and a "convert to lesbianism". You might even say a convert to real love, after having a ho-hum relationship with a man- just because it's what's expected. Some of the story is kind of silly or quirky, but adds to the oddball character of the movie. American movies can be so tedious sometimes...foreign movies (especially Canadian ones), tend to take more chances and less car chases!
A BEAUTIFUL movie with incredible music to boot! The two sister trapeeze act during the love scene is worth the price of the movie...they are former Circus de Solee (sp?) performers.
SOME ADVICE.........You can get this movie on DVD on some Canadian websites. The love scenes are extended and well worth buying the DVD for....Also, it is a MUCH better re-mastered copy with director's commentary.
The movie is funny in spots....very tender and passionate.....beautifully photographed....and the acting is first rate. One of my favorite lovestories...straight or lesbian.
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