Connect with us

Film

Hot Docs Film Fest 2018: ‘The Night of All Nights’ Celebrates the Power of Love

Anchored by four seemingly ordinary, older couples, The Night of all Nights makes a very strong case for why love is such an important part of life. While fairly light on exploring the depths of any of the relationships, the film is strongest when it punctuates levity with somber moments that reveal the cracks that couples try to mend. Those moments of frailty are what strengthen any relationship, and highlight just how anyone can stay together with a single person their whole life.

Each of the four couples that serve as the centerpiece have just recently had their 60th anniversary together — a feat that today’s generation just doesn’t see very often. Ranging from Germany to Japan to India to the USA, these four couples have all endured a lifetime together, and somehow stayed attached to each other. Much of The Night of all Nights is focused on the loving side of each of these couples, often avoiding the hardship that they might have faced — with the exception of the couples in both Japan and the USA. The American storyline follows two gay men who were only able to marry each other after five decades, before that having decided to adopt one another so they can be seen as a family. While a story like that would seem worth exploring, director Yasemin ?amdereli strays from a lot of the depressing content in order to present an abundance of happiness.

That bubbly facade is bolstered by tragicomic claymations of the couples done by Izabela Plucinska. Interspersed throughout, they show the relationships in a more humorous light, but also seem redundant in the grand scheme of things, as the subjects are already fairly humorous and entertaining. I immediately fell in love with the couple from India, as the two broach topics like sex and the crucial first date with an understanding that it’s all so detrimental to the DNA of their relationship.

Having great subjects is what makes The Night of all Nights enjoyable, but I do wish there was more of an attempt to delve into the darker parts of a relationship. Small disputes are uninteresting, but the big arguments — the ones that almost pushed a couple to dissolve — are the ones that help build a relatable relationship. Understandably, ?amdereli isn’t interested in bogging down the audience with specific issues that only affect the couple being examined. The Night of all Nights works because it tackles the foundations of a relationship more than its minutiae. However, that minutiae is just as important to a relationship working.

The Hot Docs Film Festival takes place from Thursday, April 26 to May 6. Visit the official website for more info.

Written By

Chris is a graduate of Communications from Simon Fraser University and resides in Victoria, British Columbia. Given a pint, he will talk for days about action films, video games, and the works of John Carpenter.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Facebook

Trending

Vesper poster Vesper poster

Vesper: Sci-Fi That Thinks Big With Limited Means

Culture

Full Metal Jacket (1987) Full Metal Jacket (1987)

Full Metal Jacket – Stanley Kubrick’s Misunderstood Masterpiece

Film

Your Full List of All Upcoming Marvel Movies Your Full List of All Upcoming Marvel Movies

A Full List Of Upcoming Marvel Studios Film And TV Releases

Culture

Robocop 1987 Robocop 1987

RoboCop is a Social Satire That Gets More Relevant With Age

Film

Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman: The 10 Greatest Comic Issues Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman: The 10 Greatest Comic Issues

Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman: The 10 Greatest Comic Issues

Comics

Nope Nope

Jordan Peele’s Nope Explained: A Spectacle of “Bad Miracles”

Film

Alex's War (2022) Alex's War (2022)

Alex’s War, a Documentary Study of Alex Jones, Misses the Big Picture 

Film

Signs movie review Signs movie review

M. Night Shyamalan Signs Finds Comfort at the End of the World

Film

Biography: WWE Legends’ Look at Goldberg is One of the Best Wrestling Documentaries Ever 

TV

All Out 2022 Predictions All Out 2022 Predictions

Way Too Early Predictions for All Out 2022

Wrestling

Detective vs Sleuths Detective vs Sleuths

Detective vs. Sleuths: Buckle Up for a Bumpy Ride

Culture

The Gray Man movie review The Gray Man movie review

Netflix’s The Gray Man is its Most Expensive and Emptiest Star Vehicle

Culture

Incredible Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin Fan Film Takes The Franchise Into R-Rated Territory

Culture

Paul Verhoeven’s RoboCop 1987 Paul Verhoeven’s RoboCop 1987

Paul Verhoeven’s RoboCop is an Anti-Fascist Classic 

Film

Marvel at San Diego Comic-Con Marvel at San Diego Comic-Con

Marvel at San Diego Comic-Con 2022: A Full Recap

Culture

High Noon at 70: When Time is of the Essence

Features

Connect