A Thousand Times Good Night

A Thousand Times Good Night

Tusen ganger god natt (original title)

Cast and Crew

Directed by Erik Poppe
Produced by Finn Gjerdrum
Stein B Kvae
Written by Harald Rosenløw Eeg
Starring Juliette Binoche
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Maria Doyle Kennedy
Larry Mullen Jr
Mads Ousdal
Music by Armand Amar
Cinematography John Christian Rosenlund
Edited by Sofia Lindgren
Paradox Production
Distributed by Nordisk Film Distribution
Release date

August 31, 2013 (Montreal World Film Festival)

Running time
117 minutes
Country Ireland
Language English

Plot Summary

Rebecca (Juliette Binoche) is one of the world’s top war photojournalists, capturing dangerous and chilling images in the direst landscapes, all in an effort to shed light on the real cost of modern war. But she’s also a wife and mother, leaving behind a husband and two young daughters every time she travels to a new combat zone. After a near-death experience chronicling the ritual of a female suicide bomber, husband Marcus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) levels an ultimatum: give up the dangerous profession or lose the family she counts on being there when she returns from each assignment. Yet the conviction that her photos can make a difference keeps pulling at Rebecca’s resolve, making it difficult for her to walk away entirely. With an offer to photograph a refugee camp in Kenya, a place allegedly so safe that daughter Steph (Lauryn Canny) is allowed to join her, Rebecca comes face to face with just how much she risks each time she steps back into the fray. (C) Film Movement

External Review

“A Norwegian-made, an English-language film set in Ireland, Kenya, and Afghanistan, and starring French luminary Juliette Binoche, would seem to wear its internationalism on its sleeve. Yet globe-trotting, at least to war zones, forms the central conflict in “A Thousand Times Goodnight,” Erik Poppe’s gripping tale of a dedicated photojournalist torn between passionate involvement with her work and commitment to her worried family. Deftly sidestepping both melodrama and family-values messaging, Poppe imbues the film with enormous emotional resonance, brilliantly grounded by his leading lady. The absence of subtitles and the presence of Binoche should open global arthouse doors for this Montreal fest grand prizewinner.”

, Variety

1,000 Times Good Night (2013) on IMDb



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