Somewhere in the Night

A sleekly mounted drama of family reconciliation, the Chilean "Somewhere in the Night" plumbs no great emotional depths or unfamiliar terrain, but its attractive cast and leisurely pace provide an engaging diversion for Spanish-speaking auds.

A sleekly mounted drama of family reconciliation, the Chilean “Somewhere in the Night” plumbs no great emotional depths or unfamiliar terrain, but its attractive cast and leisurely pace provide an engaging diversion for Spanish-speaking auds.

Yupish Toyota dealer Diego (Francisco Lopez) has been despondent since the breakup of his marriage and frequent separation from his young son. Lonely, morose, semi-estranged from most family members, he has a testy reunion with wandering, womanizing brother Simon (Luciano Cruz-Coke) when the latter turns up just after their father dies in a drunken car accident. Story doglegs into an odd couple road pic as duo drives all night from Santiago to Dad’s impressive, remote beach house, where they must make funeral arrangements. En route, Diego’s humorlessness clashes against Simon’s irresponsible, short-attention-span nature; ultimately, airing of mutual vulnerabilities and lingering familial pain brings a closer bond. Potential romantic interest for Diego surfaces, too. Low-key tale is short on incident — the brothers pick up a young hitchhiker, etc. — yet its handsome nocturnal look, restrained perfs and sketchy but suggestive character writing prove quietly engrossing. Tech package is high-grade under Martin Rodriguez’s confident helming.

Somewhere in the Night

(CHILE)

Production: A CO2 Films and Multimedia Co. presentation of a Roos Film production in association with Fondart, Corfo and J.J. Harting. Produced by Harting, Hector Porras. Directed by Martin Rodriguez. Screenplay, Alberto Fufuet. Camera (color), Alex Miranda, Jorge Avalos; editor, Juan Andres Condon; music, Ricardo Santander; art director, Elodie J. Fulton. Reviewed at Cinequest San Jose Film Festival, March 3, 2000. Original title: En un Lugar de la Noche. Running time: 100 MIN.

With: With: Francisco Lopez, Luciano Cruz-Coke, Faride Kaid, Paula Pizarro, Diego Munoz.

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