Erik Poppe’s new film A Thousand Times Goodnight is an affecting drama about war photographer Rebecca, a complex role beautifully performed by Juliette Binoche. We meet her in a gripping opening scene in the company of a Kabul-based militant group, where she is documenting the ceremony a woman goes through to prepare for a suiside bombing attack. Rebecca insists on traveling with the bomber partway to the target, and winds up in the blast zone badly wounded.
The film revolves largely around her difficoult inner battle between her beloved two daughters Steph and Lisa and her husband Marcus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), and the job as one of the top 5 war photographers in the world. She wants both, but after her accident her husband puts his foot down. He can’t live in fear anylonger. Rebecca has ‘trouble being normal’ as she puts it herself, and when she tells her husband she will quit working in conflict zones, neither he or we believe her. One of the most harbreaking moments of the film is when Rebecca’s eldest daughter turns the camera towrds her mother and tells her it would be easier if she was already dead.
Poppe draws you into this dilemma with apparently no solution in a hartbreaking and realistic way, and the film is indeed based on his experience as a photographer in conflict areas, and the struggles this brings to the family back home. The film is beautifully photographed by John Christian Rosenlund.
Production Company: Paradox Film AS
Cast: Juliette Binoche, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lauryn Canny, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Larry Mullen Jr., Mireille Darc, Adrianna Cramer Curtis, Mads Ousdal
Director: Erik Poppe
Screenwriter: Erik Poppe, Harald Rosenlow Eeg
Producers: Finn Gjerdrum, Stein B. Kvae
Director of photography: John Christian Rosenlund
Production designer: Eleanor Wood
Music: Armand Amar
Costume designer: Judith Williams
Editor: Sofia Lindgren
A Thousand Times Goodnight will premiere in Norwegian cinemas October 18.