Farewell to the night: the great Deneuve!

L’adieu à la nuit: de la grande Deneuve! 

Muriel (Catherine Deneuve), will soon discover that his grandson Alex (Kacey Mottet-Klein), converted to islam, thinks to go to Syria.

March 25, 2020 4: 00


Farewell to the nuit: the great Deneuve!

L’adieu à la nuit: de la grande Deneuve! 

Eric Moreault

The Sun


CRITICAL / The journey of André Téchiné and Catherine Deneuve are intimately linked : for the last forty years, they have filmed eight feature films together. Farewell to the night, their last joint effort, provides a role, beautifully interpreted, to the great actress in the skin of a woman who discovers with dismay the rise of his grandson.

Muriel (Deneuve) lives happily in his equestrian centre in Occitan. She is feverish with the arrival of Alex (Kacey Mottet-Klein), who came to spend a few days before his departure for Montreal.

It has recently been converted to islam by attending Lila (Oulaya Amamra), but the evil is deeper. Proven by the death of his mother, and a grief that he can’t do that, Alex is seeking a form of solace and answers in his indoctrination that must lead in Syria!

For this 23rd
feature film, Téchiné (Rendez-vous, My favorite season) has not sought to paint a great fresco of the socio-political, but the intimate drama of Muriel, torn between her desire to help Alex and the sad reality. Especially that the only explanation that he gives it, and which gives cold in the back, is : “I didn’t like my life.”

Farewell to night poses a real existential question : what would one do in such a case? Without pathos and with accuracy, Deneuve delivers a vibrant interpretation of this woman, who sees the facade of her world crumbling down.

Intense drama that grab your attention, farewell to the night is built as a thriller, with twists and turns, credible, and a subsequent final.

André Téchiné comes out without the subject it explodes in your face. It is a lot.

Because of the COVID-19, The call of the night is not given a theatrical release as planned. It is, however, available on the platform of its quebec distributor :

The generic

Rating : *** 1/2

Title : farewell to the night

Genre : Drama

Director :
André Téchiné

Actors :
Catherine Deneuve, Kacey Mottet-Klein, Oulaya Amamra

Rating : General

Duration : 1h43

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