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1,000 Times Good Night (Film) Review

 
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Length: 117 minutes
 
Release Date: October 24, 2014
 
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4.5/ 5


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Believable characters and a well fleshed out story gives viewers a glimpse inside Rebecca's life.

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It is a very emotional film - definitely not an easy watch.


Final Fiendish Findings?

“She risked life and family to change the world.” Juliette Binoche stars as a woman torn between duty to family and duty to a better world, and she plays the part perfectly in this heart wrenching film. As the movie begins, we first glimpse Rebecca in her role of war time photographer as she films […]

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Posted October 22, 2014 by

 
Full Fiendish Findings?
 
 

“She risked life and family to change the world.”

Juliette Binoche stars as a woman torn between duty to family and duty to a better world, and she plays the part perfectly in this heart wrenching film. As the movie begins, we first glimpse Rebecca in her role of war time photographer as she films the heart breaking last moments of a young woman about to lose her life to a suicide bombing. You can see Rebecca’s dedication to her work as she snaps determinedly snaps photos of each moment as the woman’s family prepare her to give her life in a way that will cause many others to die as well. It’s difficult to watch, as Rebecca seems more focused on the photos than what they portray – and yet, when it comes down to the moment of truth, her humanity shines through.

Rebecca is injured in the bombing, and it is then that we begin to see the big picture. Rebecca is more than just a photographer, sent around the world to capture our planet’s most tragic moments on film. She is also a wife, and a mother to two young girls who it is immediately apparent must give up much for their mother’s way of life. As she slowly recovers from her injuries, Rebecca must face the sad fact that her family simply isn’t willing to continue living this way, and her husband gives her his final ultimatum – it’s her family or her job.

Though the choice seems a simple one at first, working on a school project with her daughter slowly gives Rebecca a deeper understanding of why it is she does what she does. While a mother daughter trip gone awry gives her daughter a better understanding of her mother’s choices, it may very well be the thing that drives a permanent wedge between her and her husband. From start to finish, 1,000 Times Good Night is a film that really makes you think – about the power behind a single image, the lives that are torn apart by war, and about making impossible choices.

1,000 Times Good Night is a heart wrenching drama that hooks you right from the start. Though you may not always agree with Rebecca’s choices, you will immediately understand both her and the choices she makes. Her long suffering husband and precious daughters serve well to highlight what it is she leaves behind when she heads off to chronicle war, and the contrast between her simple life at home and the lives of those torn apart by war only make it more apparent why someone must keep fighting.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)