Bright Night
Nachthelle
Germany, 2015, 82 minutes, SD
Bright Night Synopsis

A drama with a supernatural edge, this genre-crossing gem finds two couples visiting a home from their past, and sexual tension that brings out the worst in each other. Long-buried grudges resurface and it seems unlikely the couples will return intact. Faced with an outcome that will upset their delicate balance of happiness, the world offers them a bizarre opportunity to correct it.

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Reviewed by jeteli
It's always very powerful when one's past keeps up with you, especially if that past wasn't a really happy one and with so many issues unresolved.  Anna's trip back to... more
It's always very powerful when one's past keeps up with you, especially if that past wasn't a really happy one and with so many issues unresolved.  Anna's trip back to her hometown and her stay in her old home seems to resurrect all the ghosts of her past. It also fuels tension between her and her fiancee Stefan when she refuses to speak up and elaborate. Naturally, Stefan would be left in the cold and this creates a gap that seems to widen by the minute.  Things become complicated when it becomes known that Bernd who's with them for the weekend along with his lover Marc is actually Anna's ex-flame. By the film's latter part it takes into a confusing turn, with viewers seeing two Annas and with scenes somehow going into replay.  Confusing but mystifying,  elements that one gets to see in usual suspense dramas with viewers not knowing what to conclude,  or unable to identify what scenes were real, what were just hallucinations or dreams, and so on and so forth.  There's this surreal scene of a foursome in bed, with hands creeping up everywhere but in the process, viewers are left bewildered and wondering if it indeed occured or all in the mind of Anna. Somehow that scene seems to have a positive impact on her attitude the next morning. The acting portrayals were impressive, especially that of Anne Griseback as Anna. It was a bit creepy at times but viewers will somehow understand that it's all about Anna's inner struggles and pent-up emotions.  Compelling and engrossing! 
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Reviewed by nikkareyes
Truth to tell, I got a bit dizzy while watching this film.  There were countless scenes that seem to come back or play again, adding confusion to the somehow confused... more
Truth to tell, I got a bit dizzy while watching this film.  There were countless scenes that seem to come back or play again, adding confusion to the somehow confused manner of storytelling. But on the other hand,  viewers can pluck a lesson or two about relationships and in settling things about the past once and for all.  Not so adept when it comes to psychoanalysis and stuff like that, but personally I think there are scenes that suggest something like that, including a person's various personalities, alter egos and the like. I'd like to think that there's nothing supernatural in the film as what the synopsis suggests, but the double identities of Anna is just like a symbolism of the person that she is versus the person that she once was, someone that hasn't really moved on from past events and tragedies that happened in her life.  I think the defining moment there would be that scene where she's seen talking to Heinko's mother.  It's like a form of reconciliation, a gesture on Anna's part to make amends and to free herself of guilt and remorse.  There weren't really any explanations, and in fact the whole scenario surrounding the tragedy of Heinko's demise wasn't really explored but it seems that Anna carried so much excess baggage and unpleasant emotions because of what happened.  The movie is engrossing and while it's defined as a genre crossing type, it's a kind of mystery drama that didn't require external forces attributing to the said unexplained scenarios but more so, it's on the internal struggles of a woman who has to really bare herself from inside out, face her fears and be bold enough to accept the unpleasant emotions in order to free herself of  the past events that haunt her endlessly.  This is worth checking out! 
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