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  • Summary: Rebecca (Juliette Binoche) is one of world's top war photojournalists, capturing dangerous and chilling images in the most dire landscapes, all in an effort to shed light on the real cost of modern war. But she's also a wife and mother, leaving behind a husband and two young daughters everyRebecca (Juliette Binoche) is one of world's top war photojournalists, capturing dangerous and chilling images in the most dire landscapes, all in an effort to shed light on the real cost of modern war. But she's also a wife and mother, leaving behind a husband and two young daughters every time she travels to a new combat zone. After a near-death experience chronicling the ritual of a female suicide bomber, husband Marcus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) levels an ultimatum: give up the dangerous profession or lose the family she counts on being there when she returns from each assignment. Yet the conviction that her photos can make a difference keeps pulling at Rebecca's resolve, making it difficult for her to walk away entirely. With an offer to photograph a refugee camp in Kenya, a place allegedly so safe that daughter Steph (Lauryn Canny) is allowed to join her, Rebecca comes face to face with just how much she risks each time she steps back into the fray. [Film Movement] Expand
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Penny Walker
    Nov 6, 2014
    88
    Binoche does an excellent job showing her character’s conflict, though it is not until later in the movie that we learn why she so eagerly runs into danger.
  2. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Oct 21, 2014
    80
    Deftly sidestepping both melodrama and family-values messaging, Poppe imbues the film with enormous emotional resonance, brilliantly grounded by his leading lady.
  3. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Oct 23, 2014
    70
    What makes 1,000 Times Good Night more than a dramatic essay on wartime journalism is Ms. Binoche’s wrenchingly honest portrayal of a woman of conscience driven by a mixture of guilt, nobility and self-importance, reckoning belatedly with her destructive impulses.
  4. Reviewed by: Ian Freer
    Apr 28, 2014
    60
    A compelling, if well worn , topic — work/life balance — is brought vividly to life by a great Binoche performance.
  5. Reviewed by: Tim Robey
    May 3, 2014
    60
    The film has limitations. But it has Binoche, and that’s almost enough.
  6. Reviewed by: Jessica Kiang
    Dec 5, 2013
    58
    A film that, while often beautiful to look at, feels oddly bloodless in execution.
  7. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Oct 22, 2014
    38
    The movie is about a situation, not a story — there’s little narrative momentum — and as is often the case with movies about journalists, the mood of smug sanctimony becomes unbearable.

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