×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

After Midnight

Film buffery gets tangled up with love and lust in lightweight romancer with Turin's cinema museum at the center of its triangle. Italo helmer Davide Ferrario has fun with antique footage and exhibits, but there's a lack of urgency or sufficient charm. Pic is too undercooked for international theatrical, but fests seeking Italo sauce may ciao down on this.

With:
With: Giorgio Pasotti, Francesca Inaudi, Fabio Troiano, Francesca Picozza.

Film buffery gets tangled up with love and lust in “After Midnight,” a lightweight romancer with Turin’s cinema museum at the center of its triangle. Italo helmer Davide Ferrario has fun with antique footage and exhibits from the museum, but there’s a lack of urgency or sufficient charm to engage auds. Pic is too undercooked for international theatrical, but fests seeking Italo sauce may ciao down on this.

In obligatory indie style, pic begins with its ending, introducing fast-food waitress Amanda (Francesca Inaudi), car-thief b.f. Angel (Fabio Troiano) and a lovestruck customer, film devotee Martino (Giorgio Pasotti). After Amanda tosses hot cooking fat over her supervisor, she hides out in the Turin museum where Martino works as a night watchman. As Angel keeps the cops at bay, Amanda is gently seduced by the museum’s array of cinematic paraphernalia. Actors are adequate, though Pasotti’s wide-eyed naivete becomes as grating as the invasive and superfluous narration. Use of Lumiere Brothers and Buster Keaton clips for nostalgic effect only underlines the lack of charm in the contempo drama. DV lensing varies from crisp to murky; a transfer to 35mm is promised.

After Midnight

Italy

Production: A Rossofuoco production, in association with Film Commission Torino Piemonte, Lumiq Studios. (International sales: Adriana Chiesa Enterprises, Rome.) Produced by Davide Ferrario. Directed, written by Davide Ferrario.

Crew: Camera (color, HD24P), Dante Cecchin; editor, Claudio Cormio; music, Banda Ionica, Daniele Sepe, Fabio Barovero; production designer, Francesca Bocca; costume designer, Paola Ronco. Reviewed at Berlin Film Festival (Forum), Feb. 7, 2004. Running time: 91 MIN.

With: With: Giorgio Pasotti, Francesca Inaudi, Fabio Troiano, Francesca Picozza.

More Film

  • Medienboard Fetes Its Five Films in

    Medienboard Fetes Its Five Films in Cannes Film Festival

    Pictured: “Little Joe” director Jessica Hausner, Martin Gschlacht, one of the film’s producers, Kirsten Niehuus, with director-producer Cordula Kablitz-Post. Berlin funding agency Medienboard’s managing director Kirsten Niehuus hosted a cocktail reception on Saturday at Grand Hotel in Cannes to celebrate the five films it funded that feature in the festival program. The five films are [...]

  • Radegund

    Cannes Film Review: 'A Hidden Life'

    There are no battlefields in Terrence Malick’s “A Hidden Life” — only those of wheat — no concentration-camp horrors, no dramatic midnight raids. But make no mistake: This is a war movie; it’s just that the fight shown raging here is an internal one, between a Christian and his conscience. A refulgent return to form [...]

  • John Wick: Chapter 3

    Box Office: 'John Wick 3' Knocks Down 'Avengers: Endgame' With $57 Million Debut

    Earth’s Mightiest Heroes put up a good fight, but John Wick put at end to the three-week box office reign of “Avengers: Endgame.” Propelled by positive reviews, “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” beat expectations with a debut of $57 million from 3,850 North American locations. That was enough to nab the box office crown [...]

  • Game of Thrones Cast

    What's Next for 'Game of Thrones'' Cast Members

    Eight years and eight seasons later, the “Game of Thrones” cast finally has some downtime to relax or move onto other projects. Some stars, like Kit Harington, who told Variety that he doesn’t plan on taking another role as physically demanding as Jon Snow, certainly deserve a break, but others have wasted no time getting back on [...]

  • MEET THE PRESS -- Pictured: (l-r)

    Submissions Now Welcome for Third 'Meet the Press' Film Festival

    Chuck Todd’s quest to bring “Meet the Press” to the movies continues. The third annual Meet the Press Film Festival, held in collaboration with the American Film Institute, will take place on October 6 and 7 in Washington, D.C., and remains a haven for issue-focused documentary shorts. Todd believes the event serves a critical mission: [...]

  • Challenges Still Keep Content From Traveling

    Cannes: Challenges Still Keep Content From Traveling to and From China

    Challenges still remain when it comes to buying, distributing and producing content that can travel between China and the West, attendees of a panel organized by the Shanghai Intl. Film Festival on the sidelines of Cannes said. Cai Gongming, president of Road Pictures, has hit box office gold in China with Cannes art-house titles such [...]

  • 180423_A24_Day_03B_0897.jpg

    Cannes Film Review: Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe in 'The Lighthouse'

    “The Lighthouse,” the second feature directed by Robert Eggers (“The Witch”), is a gripping and turbulent drama that draws on a number of influences, though it merges them into its own fluky gothic historical ominoso art-thriller thing. Set in the 1890s, and suffused with foghorns and epic gusts of wind, as well as a powerfully [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content