Friday, October 31, 2014

"You and the Night": a young couple hosts an orgy -- transition to the afterlife?


The new French film by Yann Gonzalez, “You and the Night” (“Les rencontres d’apres minuit”, literally, “the encounters after midnight”) is a bit of a metaphorical set piece, almost like a ballet to the music of M83. 

A young husband and wife, Matthias and Ali (Niels Schnieder and Kate Moran) and their transvestite maid Udo (Nicolas Maury) invite four guests into their chateau for a night-long bisexual orgy of sorts.  The guests are “The Stud” (Eric Cantona), “The Star” (Fabienne Babe), “The Slut” (Julie Bremond), and “The Teen” (Alain Fabian-Delon).  You wonder how the young couple can afford such a palatial property.

What follows seems rather haphazard for a while, as they “interact” in psychedelic surroundings, and tell their life stories, rather obliquely.  The movie moves outside, to the beach particularly, and then tyo a movie theater, where they watch themselves.  A tragedy ensues for one of the hosts.  At dawn, the remaining attendees are treated to a wintry scene of pristine beauty, under a rather odd rising sun.  Have they all passed into the afterlife?  Is this their “last night” – for all of them?  I wonder.  The outdoor part of the film was shot in the Loire Valley, which usually would not have winter weather like this. 

The director has an interesting eye for masculinity.  The “stud” is your leather-bar bear, but the other two young men are indeed soft-skinned, and we have the “drag queen” too. 
  
The DVD includes an odd short film by the director, “We Will Never Be Alone Again” (“Nous ne serons plus jamais seuls”), ten minutes, in somewhat grainy black and white, with a reduced aspect ratio.  A number of teens enjoy dirty dancing at a party (not shown particularly clearly), and then walk out into the dawn in a rather bleak landscape, but all in love. 



The official site is here, from Sedna films with DVD from Strand Releasing.  Sedna is the name of a planetoid beyond Pluto, and it seems like a fitting name for the production company. The film was a hit at Cannes.  It can also be rented from Amazon online.  

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