Convincing performances by leads Richy Mueller and Nicollete Krebitz sustain a fragile idea in “Between Night and Day.” Low-key, nocturne-like psychodrama about a subway driver haunted by the memory of a young woman who jumped in front of his train marks a strong feature debut by helmer Nicolai Rohde that’s fit for film weeks, some fest play and cable airings.
The secure world of Achim Maerz (Mueller) is thrown for a loop when Vera Sundboem (Krebitz) leaps off a platform to her death and for a split second their eyes meet. Sinking into a deep funk, Achim becomes obsessed with learning about the dead girl, and soon — in a entirely natural progression that’s one of pic’s strengths — she starts appearing to him, the two forming a friendship that stops just short of sex. Shot mostly at night, in wintry, chiaroscuro lighting, and with a slow, jazzy score by Rainer Oleak, atmospheric movie benefits enormously from the chemistry between Mueller and Krebitz. Intelligent playing by Solveig Arnarsdottir as Katrin, Achim’s upscale architect lover, is a further plus.