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By Nina J P Evans

Friday, February 19, 2010

Nuit Blanche


Nuit blanche explores a fleeting moment between two strangers revealing their brief connection. Directed by: Arev Manoukian Music: Samuel Bisson (from award winning production house Spy Films). Saying that this is a beautiful short film is an understatement! Its power lies in the black and white timelessness of the cinematography combined with computer graphics accentuating the fragility of shape, light and form. The theme of the romantic imagining is tragic with poetic quality and the soundtrack heartbreakingly beautiful.

I like the evocative Hollywoodesque 1950s styling to the buildings the street and the actors. The girl looks very much like Grace Kelly cast alongside Joseph Cotten Niagara with Monroe. The film illustrates a car crash in slow motion action; the action is controlled to capture the details that happen that we are unable to see with the human eye. The effects such as: the shattering of glass that firstly encases her face and then hangs suspended in mid air are breathtaking, like diamonds the shards envelop both figures as they come together and almost kiss. Nuit blanche translates clearly as: white night and it is that scene that underpins the films title and theme. The reality of this exchange is revealed to us only at the very end, as it happens it turns out to be just a passing thought, a static moment; they exchange glances from across the street. The story isn't regretful, as we've already had the chance to explore their moment in all its shattering beauty.

The making of film is all done using a green screen. The location is photographically mapped out using 3D computer animation. A tad disappointing that this place this moment is just totally unreal, though in a way it makes what your seeing all the more remarkable.


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