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  • Summary: An elderly office worker begins to relive both real and imagined memories from his life. As stories hide within stories and the thin line between imagination and reality steadily erodes, a new world of personal remembrance and fantastic melodrama awakens. In this playfully elegiac film, loosely adapted from the fantastical short stories of Chilean writer Herman del Solar, Raoul Ruiz has crafted a final masterwork on his favorite subjects: fiction, history and life itself. [Cinema Guild] Collapse
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  1. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Mar 7, 2013
    The arrival of Raúl Ruiz’s final work, Night Across the Street, brings the total to four, an elegant, clear-eyed bridge game of artists playing their last trump cards.
  2. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Feb 5, 2013
    This surreal, sentimental journey does provide an excellent encapsulation of everything Ruiz did best: oddball takes on highbrow lit and lowbrow genre conventions, guided tours of characters’ mazelike memory banks, and a reveling in film culture that doubles as a cinephile’s wet dream.
  3. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Feb 5, 2013
    Proof that Ruiz was still teeming with ideas himself, Night is a characteristic work of surreal wit and circuitousness—and the filmmaker's winking but mournful goodbye.
  4. Reviewed by: Jaime N. Christley
    Feb 3, 2013
    It's a final film in the specific sense of Raúl Ruiz designing the larger part of it around a metaphorical contemplation of his own, imminent demise.
  5. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Feb 7, 2013
    Unlike his precursors Georges Franju and Luis Buñuel, who reveled in the shock of incongruity, Mr. Ruiz took it in stride. His gliding, floating camera could make wild impossibilities look utterly natural. And so it is in Night Across the Street, where the present commingles with the past, and seeming is another way of being.
  6. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Feb 3, 2013
    The valedictory sentiments at the heart of this mysterious experiment are conveyed with characteristically wry wit and great generosity of spirit.
  7. Reviewed by: Jordan Mintzer
    Feb 3, 2013
    A bizarre and baroque meditation on death, memory and the passage of time that ranks among the director’s more cryptic works (of which there are several in his whopping 100+ feature filmography), though it does offer up a few pleasurable moments.