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    NIGHT MOVES

    Dalla 70. Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica - PREVIEW in ENGLISH by JUSTIN CHANG (www.variety.com) - USA: Dal 20 SETTEMBRE

    (Night Moves; USA 2013; Drammatico; 112'; Produz.: Maybach Film Productions/Film Science/Tipping Point Productions)

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    Titolo in italiano: Night Moves

    Titolo in lingua originale: Night Moves

    Anno di produzione: 2013

    Anno di uscita: 2013

    Regia: Kelly Reichardt

    Sceneggiatura: Kelly Reichardt e Jonathan Raymond

    Cast: Dakota Fanning (Dena Brauer)
    Alia Shawkat (Surprise)
    Jesse Eisenberg (Josh Stamos)
    Peter Sarsgaard (Harmon)
    James Le Gros (Clerk)
    Lew Temple (Probabile)
    Katherine Waterston (Anne)
    Clara Mamet (la regista Jackie)
    Logan Miller (Dylan)
    Nate Mooney (uomo \'Flat Tire\')
    Matt Malloy (proprietario del battello)
    Griffin Newman (Middle Manager)
    Kai Lennox (Sean)
    Barry Del Sherman (Corser)
    Bart McCarthy (vecchio fattore)

    Musica: Jeff Grace

    Costumi: Victoria Farrell

    Scenografia: Elliott Hostetter

    Fotografia: Christopher Blauvelt

    Casting: Mark Bennett e Laura Rosenthal

    Scheda film aggiornata al: 18 Settembre 2013

    Sinossi:

    IN BREVE:

    Tre persone vogliono far esplodere una diga. Si potrebbero definire dei terroristi ecologici ma il loro obiettivo non è quello di uccidere delle persone, piuttosto quello di cambiare il mondo.

    Harmon (Peter Sarsgaard) è un ex marine che, dopo essere stato in servizio in Iraq e Afghanistan, è rimasto lo stesso sconsiderato di sempre, desideroso di avventura ed eccitato da prospettive di caos e distruzione. Dena (Dakota Fanning), ragazza ribelle dell'alta società, è disgustata dall'economia consumistica della società in cui è cresciuta e si è trasferita a ovest per rompere ogni legame con la sua famiglia, abbracciando idee politiche sempre più radicali. Josh (Jesse Eisenberg) è invece figlio della classe media, studente diligente e tranquillo per natura ma al contempo anche riservato, calcolatore e freddo. I tre uniscono le loro forze per eseguire l'azione più spettacolare della loro vita: far esplodere una diga idroelettrica, simbolo dello sfruttamento industriale delle risorse della natura.

    SHORT SYNOPSIS:

    A drama centered on three environmentalists who plot to blow up a dam.

    Commento critico (a cura di JUSTIN CHANG, www.variety.com)

    One of the most sharp-eyed and politically attuned filmmakers of her generation, Kelly Reichardt blends her lucid observational approach with a topical-thriller format to engrossing effect in “Night Moves.” Perfectly consistent with the director’s earlier films in its political dimensions and fascination with nature as both backdrop and subject, this tale of three environmental activists planning a dangerous act of eco-terrorism has a quietly gripping first hour that builds to a suspenseful peak, then yields faintly diminishing returns thereafter as the doubts and implications set in. But if Reichardt doesn’t quite stick the landing, she’s nonetheless made her most accessible, plot-driven picture to date, albeit one that may still seem too glacial by mass-audience standards to see more than a modest arthouse turnout.

    Reichardt has expanded her scope and stretched her talents with every feature since rising to indie prominence with the microbudget two-hander “Old Joy” (2006), and it’s been fascinating

    to see her retain her personal-cinema principles while adapting to the challenges of a more expansive (and expensive) canvas each time out. With its genre elements and name leads (Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning and Peter Sarsgaard), “Night Moves” is unlikely to draw the same critical attention as the more rarefied “Wendy and Lucy” and “Meek’s Cutoff”; it’s neither the commercial sellout that purists may have feared nor the sort of revelatory breakthrough that would spell major crossover potential. (The modest B.O. performance of Fox Searchlight’s far flashier eco-terrorist thriller “The East” may provide a useful point of comparison.)

    “Night Moves” is, instead, precisely the sort of intelligent, measured thriller Reichardt’s admirers would expect from her brand of patient realist filmmaking, a picture that starts slow but quietly gets its hooks into the attentive viewer. Writing with her usual scenarist, Jon Raymond, the director makes effective early use of establishing shots,

    silences and scraps of conversation to establish the secret plans of Josh (Eisenberg) and Dena (Fanning), two Oregon-based environmentalists who have been radicalized to the point that working on agricultural communes and raising awareness at documentary screenings are no longer enough.

    And so they purchase a small boat (whose name gives the film its title), acquire fake IDs and meet up with Harmon (Sarsgaard), an older ex-Marine who knows a thing or two about explosives. Together they plan to blow up a nearby hydroelectric dam and send a message to those who think it’s OK, as Josh puts it, to “kill salmon just so you can run your fucking iPod every second of your life.” But Reichardt, whose past several films were subtle expressions of liberal despair, proves just as willing to confront the delusions of the extreme left, and her focus here is the point at which vaguely stated ideals

    become irrevocable realities.

    Thus, apart from a few doom-laden statistics about the sorry state of marine biodiversity, the characters here don’t spend too much time mouthing off about their political agendas, as they’re already on the same page anyway. Instead, the film focuses on procedural details, all the tiny ways in which the best-laid plans can go awry; acquiring 500 pounds of ammonium nitrate fertilizer without arousing suspicion, for instance, turns out to be a trickier proposition than they expected. The result is an intimate, coolly insinuating portrait of conspiracy in action, and viewers may be surprised at how tense they find themselves — and how invested they have become —as Josh, Dena and Harmon prepare to execute their mission.

    “Night Moves” might have been close to perfect had it clocked in at a tight 80 minutes or so, rather than pushing on for another half-hour. While the fallout is impressively handled

    in its own way, the suspense and momentum inevitably dissipate as the story slowly moves toward a credulity-straining climax. Still, a feeling of deflation is entirely in keeping with the note Reichardt means to end on, and she finds just the right closing shot with which to convey exactly what her characters have and haven’t accomplished.

    The three leads manage the tricky task of drawing the audience into complicity but not sympathy with their characters, all cold, cynical types who are often curt and withholding in their dealings with one another and the outside world. (The press materials reveal more backstory than the film does.) Eisenberg gets the dominant perspective, and while he’s entirely believable as the most contemptuous and also most committed of the trio, the decision to make Josh so taciturn, robbing him of the actor’s trademark verbal agility, reduces the character to a series of increasingly paranoid and

    paralyzed reaction shots in the final reels.

    Production values are spare but crisp and exacting. Reichardt, always attuned to environment in the most basic storytelling sense, delivers her own moving tribute to Mother Nature with a poignant, wordless sequence in which Josh, Dena and Harmon row their boat past a wooded area conspicuously devoid of trees, Christopher Blauvelt’s crystalline HD images merging to mournful effect with composer Jeff Grace’s moody chordal progressions.

    Pressbook:

    PRESSBOOK COMPLETO in ITALIANO di NIGHT MOVES
    ENGLISH PRESSBOOK of NIGHT MOVES

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