Nuit #1

Directed by Anne Émond
Year: 2011
Running Time: 91 minutes
Country: Canada
Language: French w/English subtitles

Anne Émond's striking feature film debut is a daring examination of a one-night stand. Clara and Nikolaï meet at a rave. They return to Nikolaï's apartment and frantically make love. Afterwards, instead of parting, the two lovers divulge their deepest secrets to one another.

Nikolaï is a beautiful loner, a man with great ambition which he's unable to articulate to his peers. At thirty-one years old, he leads a simple and frugal life. Unable to submit to any schedule, he finds himself unfit for work. Clara, like Nikolaï, seems not to be made for this world. She leads a double life. By day, she works as a third grade teacher; by night, she is a compulsive party-girl, exorcising or forgetting her vaunted hopes.

Though they are tempted to conflict by divisive gender politics, the friction between Nikolaï and Clara is trumped by a common determination to bridge the gap that they realize afflicts the men and women of their lost, but far from hopeless, generation.

Cast
Dimitri Storoge
Catherine de Léan

Crew
Directed by Anne Émond