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'Nocturama' haunting thriller in the heart of Paris

'Nocturama' haunting thriller in the heart of Paris
By Euronews

<p>This week’s choice is a film that has <a href="http://www.brooklynrail.org/2016/10/film/heres-to-the-crazy-ones-bertrand-bonellos-nocturama">polarised movie-goers</a> – ‘Nocturama’ by French director Bertrand Bonello is a daring and controversial portrait of Parisian youths conducting terror attacks around the city. </p> <p><a href="http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-mn-toronto-2016-nocturama-20160908-snap-story.html">Written long before the recent wave of attacks in France</a>, 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. </p> <p>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. </p> <p>Nor does he give much away regarding their motives. The power of the film lies in the suggested. The dreamlike world of the luxury store – their temporary prison – becomes the stage of surreal scenes where the protagonists, exhilarated by their actions but realising the end is near, await their doom.</p> <p>Whether you see in it a study of the psychology of violence, a comment on consumerism, or simply a thrilling stylistic exercise, ‘Nocturama’ will <a href="https://www.ft.com/content/a084b82a-8ba7-11e6-8cb7-e7ada1d123b1">haunt you</a> long after you’ve seen it. Have a great movie, see you soon.</p>