A Thousand Times Goodnight DVD Review

DVD Review by Jon E Clist
A Thousand Times Goodnight
The Premise
Rebecca is one of the world's top war photographers. She must weather a major emotional storm when her husband refuses to put up with her dangerous life any longer. He and their young daughters need Rebecca, who, however, loves both her family and her work...

The Review
We have all seen plenty of movies or read books that covered relationship dilemmas that involved a choice that needed to be made between the relationship and something else. Often it seems to be between a job and a partner. Although on the surface, this film is about that very conundrum, it is really about something rather deeper. The addiction behind behavior that in turn forces the choice.

Juliette Binoche does a great job of creating a character that you like, feel empathy for and yet as the story continues on you can’t help but feel frustrated at her intense lack of ability to put her family above her need to feel a rush. There are times within the film that feel quite frustrating to watch. Like those horror films where you feel like yelling out, ‘don’t go in there” or “It’s behind you”. Here you want to yell out, “Get over yourself” or ‘put your family first”. While that is frustrating, it is actually a very successful element to the film, because it moves you to feel strong emotions towards the story.

It is a pleasant surprise to see U2’s drummer Larry Mullen Jnr in a nice supporting role, of which he does pretty well. Plus he is believable. In fact the whole story has quite the real feel. Autobiographical elements in the film come from Poppe's work as a photo journalist in the 1980s, covering conflicts in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and Southeast Asia. So you can tell that his own experience as a warzone journalist adds weight to the realism within this film.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is such a fun actor to have in films these days after most of us are most familiar with his role as the King-slayer in Game of Thrones, his character there has gone from being such a hateable role to that of some strange respect and admiration. Hence when he is in a role where he is the bad guy, it feels very normal, and then when like here he plays the good guy, you can’t help but feel as though he deserves a chance.

The Verdict
A Thousand Times Goodnight is a compelling relationship piece that delves into the thrill-junkie lifestyle and the effect it has upon those around it. Very interesting and moving, however I am not sure that it does enough to endear any of the characters to the viewer.

The Trailer

The Info
Releases: 10th June 2015
Rating: TBC
Duration: 117 minutes 
Genre:  Drama
Starring: Juliette Binoche, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Chloë Annett, Larry Mullen Jr., Eve Macklin, Lauryn Canny, Denise McCormack
Director: Erik Poppe (Troubled Water)

The Extras
An early title on the project was "Grenade".

Most of the film was shot in Ireland and Morocco.

Funding was provided by the Irish Film Board and Norsk Filminstitutt.