This week’s choice is a film that has polarised movie-goers – ‘Nocturama’ by French director Bertrand Bonello is a daring and controversial portrait of Parisian youths conducting terror attacks around the city.
Written long before the recent wave of attacks in France, the film is divided in two acts. Act One follows the protagonists, a mix of young people of different origins, through a set of carefully timed actions across the French capital. In Act Two, they gather in a luxury department store where they intend to spend the night in hiding. Whether on the streets of Paris or inside the shopping centre, the atmosphere is stifling, the outcome inevitable.
Bonello never judges his characters, chosing rather to chronicle their actions in a contemplative manner leaving it up to the viewer to make up his mind.