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  • Summary: Inspired by Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull and set in rural New England in the 1980s, Days and Nights centers around Elizabeth (Allison Janney), a movie star, who brings her paramour Peter to her lakeside estate to visit her family on Memorial Day weekend. The household includes her ailingInspired by Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull and set in rural New England in the 1980s, Days and Nights centers around Elizabeth (Allison Janney), a movie star, who brings her paramour Peter to her lakeside estate to visit her family on Memorial Day weekend. The household includes her ailing brother (William Hurt), her artist son (Ben Whishaw), his ethereal muse (Juliet Rylance), the family doctor (Jean Reno) and the estate's custodian (Russell Means), the careless caretaker (Michael Nyqvist) and his wife (Cherry Jones), their temperamental daughter (Katie Holmes) and her long suffering ornithologist husband (Mark Rylance) -- the keeper of the sacred land where a bald eagle is trying to raise its young. During the weekend a disastrous turn of events leads the family from dysfunction to heartbreak and, ultimately, salvation. [IFC Films] Expand
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 6
  2. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Sep 24, 2014
    50
    The cast, so packed with talent that Jean Reno and Cherry Jones barely register, is stuck with stagey dialogue. Juliet Rylance, in the Nina part, has a particularly hard time. But there are good points, including Janney’s obvious pleasure in her part.
  2. 50
    The sylvan setting and short bursts of dramatic interplay are more interesting than coherent in this brief, undeveloped adaptation.
  3. Reviewed by: Serena Donadoni
    Sep 23, 2014
    50
    At 92 minutes, Days and Nights feels choppy and hurried, pushing the narrative toward inevitable tragedy rather than exploring how these dispirited people got there.
  4. Reviewed by: David Ehrlich
    Sep 24, 2014
    40
    Unfortunately, the film’s sense of place is much more lucid than its sense of purpose.
  5. Reviewed by: Diego Costa
    Sep 26, 2014
    38
    The drama over dinner comes in small analgesic portions, and the secrets feel canned and the dialogue is too pretty to be believable.
  6. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Sep 25, 2014
    20
    In a movie, nothing good ever seems to happen at a country house. And when it comes to this film, nothing very interesting happens, either.
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  1. Sep 28, 2014
    10
    Loved this movie!!! What a beautiful film Days and Nights is. I was deeply moved by it. It was shot beautifully and everyone in it wasLoved this movie!!! What a beautiful film Days and Nights is. I was deeply moved by it. It was shot beautifully and everyone in it was terrific. The script was the right balance of elevated and “modern” language. I enjoyed the theatrical spirit that infused the ensemble work. I loved the updating to 1984, and the hints to AIDS without the double underlining (a terrific choice), the video installation piece, the sense of living at a turning point in time that was recognizable but not nostalgic. The music was achingly lovely. As was the whole film. Excellent! Expand
  2. Sep 28, 2014
    10
    f you like to be “in” on an impressive directorial debut, if you love film as an artistic medium - see this film. Mr Camargo has crafted anf you like to be “in” on an impressive directorial debut, if you love film as an artistic medium - see this film. Mr Camargo has crafted an extraordinary ensemble piece with a eye for arresting cinematography that reminds one of Ingmar Bergman. Impressively, this director/writer also has ear for dialogue and a compassion for his characters that rivals Lena Dunham in its attention to the innate humor and pathos implicit in the angst in all families. The film is gorgeous, funny, and tragic. It has a lot on its mind: America, the family, the environment, romantic relationships, aids, art and the 1980’s. It has a haunting score. This filmmaker is a talent to watch. What a feat to entice this wonderful ensemble of international actors who have plenty of work. What drew them to the project? I’ll bet it was the script. Expand
  3. Sep 27, 2014
    10
    One of the best indies I have ever ever seen. Along with a brilliant cast and cinematographer, the film makes a voyage into the very soul ofOne of the best indies I have ever ever seen. Along with a brilliant cast and cinematographer, the film makes a voyage into the very soul of life and relationship. Visually stunning, haunting, reflective, as well as humorous. Just beautiful. Expand
  4. Sep 28, 2014
    8
    Excellent well acted, well directed film that was subtle and intriguing. Story was told without beating you over the head, letting you figureExcellent well acted, well directed film that was subtle and intriguing. Story was told without beating you over the head, letting you figure it out. Beautiful interplay between characters torrential inner states and the chaos of nature reflecting it. A solid character driven film that's rare in American filmmaking, where a piece of melodramatic trash like Skeleton Twins gets positive reviews and this film does not. Expand

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