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Between Night and Day

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.

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With: Richy Mueller, Nicollete Krebitz, Solveig Arnarsdottir, Peter Kurth, Ernst Stoetzner, Thomas Meinhardt, Lars Gaertner, Ralf Mueller.

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.

Between Night and Day

Germany

Production: An MTM Medien & Television Muenchen, ZDF production. (International sales: MTM, Munich.) Produced by Ulrike Hauff. Directed by Nicolai Rohde. Screenplay, Hannes Klug, Rohde.

Crew: Camera (color), Hannes Hubach; editor, Bettina Boehler; music, Rainer Oleak; art director, Alexander Scherer. Reviewed at Montreal World Film Festival (Cinema of Europe), Aug. 31, 2004. (Also in Festival of German Films, London.) Original title: Zwischen Nacht und Tag. Running time: 91 MIN.

With: With: Richy Mueller, Nicollete Krebitz, Solveig Arnarsdottir, Peter Kurth, Ernst Stoetzner, Thomas Meinhardt, Lars Gaertner, Ralf Mueller.

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