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Nocturne

"You just fell for his suicidal romanticism," one character chides another in "Nocturne," a critique that also applies to Riccardo Signorell's soph feature as a whole. Only old school artpic snobs for whom B&W lensing, pregnant silences, Nietzsche quotes, and umpteen cigarettes smoked equal profundity will want to take this trip.

“You just fell for his suicidal romanticism,” one character chides another in “Nocturne,” a critique that also applies to Riccardo Signorell’s (“Scheherezade”) soph feature as a whole. Meandering tale of a man who plans to take his own life at an Alpine resort, dismaying his brother and latter’s girlfriend, provides too little psychological insight and too much arty, angst-for-angst’s sake posturing. Only old school artpic snobs for whom B&W lensing, pregnant silences, Nietzsche quotes, and umpteen cigarettes smoked equal profundity will want to take this trip.

Brooding, perennially five-o-clock-shadowed David (Martin Rapold) has installed himself in a five-star luxury hotel (real-life Waldhaus Sils-Maria, near St. Moritz), intending to off himself when his money runs out. You might think why would be of paramount dramatic importance. But Signorell, who developed script largely on-site through the actors’ improvisations — and it shows — prefers to keep vulgar specifics of backstory, psychological motivation, et al. cryptic. Instead, very little is revealed as David acts dingy, younger brother Gian (actual sib Patrick Rapold) expresses get-a-life exasperation, and g.f. Valeria (Lisa Maria Potthoff) wrings her hands. Perfs are OK under circumstances.

Nocturne

Switzerland

  • Production: A Lichtspiele and Waka Films production. Produced by Silvir Voser, Riccardo Signorell, Thomas Lohrer, Anne Walser. Directed by Riccardo Signorell. Screenplay, Signorell, Martin Rapold, Patrick Rapold.
  • Crew: Camera (B&W, Super 16mm-to-35), Felix Von Muralt; editors, Signorell, Martin Rapold; music, Don Li. Reviewed at Berlin & Beyond Film Festival, San Francisco, Jan. 8, 2005. Running time: 80 MIN.
  • With: <b>With:</b> Martin Rapold, Lisa Maria Potthoff, Patrick Rapold, Jurgen Brugger, Christian Weinberger, Max Rudlinger.
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