“You And The Night”
The Slut, The Star, The Stud, The Teen & The Transvestite Maid
Here’s an unusual film, which bends to edge of gender and sexuality while taking us into a dream-life, hyper-stylized world!
Ali (Kate Moran) and Matthias (Niels Schneider), a young couple and their maid Udo (Nicolas Maury), a transvestite, prepare to host an orgy. The guest list consists of The Slut, The Star, The Stud and The Teen. The couple is quite mysterious and the idea of hosting a pansexual orgy is delicious for them. As the orgy progresses, the private lives (as well as the private parts) of their guests are exposed. The sex is explicit and this is the party not to miss this year. We immediately sense the couple’s need for affection as they await the arrival of their guests. The Slut (Julie Bremond) is the first to arrive. She is a young woman that loves sex and awaits the orgy. She is followed by The Stud (Eric Cantona) who is reputedly very well sexually equipped. Shortly afterwards The Teen (Alain-Fabien Delon [the son of the French movie star]) comes full of sex appeal and youthful vigor. Finally, arriving last as stars do is The Star (Fabeinne Babe) who comes with her own rules and regulations.
As the evening progresses, we learn of the pasts of the guests. Things get heavy right from the start. As we hear the life stories of the characters, we become aware of how superficial they are. In fact even the nudity does not enhance what we see. Here is a group of unhappy people making each other even less happy. By the time we reach the end of the film after having heard some very intense stories, something happens and what began as something of an erotic look at some young people becomes one of those pretentious art house films. The ending is very disappointing. I wish we could see this as a work in progress instead of a sexual curiosity. There is a lot of good here and I can only hope for better things from the director, Yann Gonzalez, who tries very hard to give us an erotic film. The seeds are there for a really could film. They just do yield flowers.
There is a lot of campy humor and a wonderful electronic music score by M83 and this is quite an audacious film that is also an affecting meditation on much more than sex. As one can imagine, opinions are quite mixed about the film.
‘Writer-director Yann Gonzalez’s sensual and erotic debut played to critical-acclaim during Critics Week at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, and stars former international footballer, Eric Cantona and cult legend, Beatrice Dalle (BETTY BLUE) in this kitsch ode to love and lust.
‘With electrifying music by M83, helmed by Anthony Gonzalez, ‘YOU AND THE NIGHT, evokes the style and substance of Almodovar, Ozon and Lynch.’
“Deliriously theatrical, flagrantly cinephilic, unabashedly provocative, Yann Gonzalez’s ‘YOU AND THE NIGHT’ is the kind of movie that restores your faith in auteur filmmaking.”