Last Night

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"Temptation can lead anywhere."
  • R
  • 2010
  • 1 hr 30 min
  • 6.5  (50,068)
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Last Night is a movie from 2010 that stars Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington, and Eva Mendes. Directed and written by Massy Tadjedin, this film explores the complexities of relationships and the way we choose to connect with others. The story revolves around Joanna (Knightley) and Michael (Worthington), a married couple who live in New York City. Joanna is a freelance writer who is struggling to find satisfaction in her work, while Michael works at a real estate firm and is busy climbing the corporate ladder. Despite their successful careers, there is a tension between them that is palpable. Joana's insecurities and her suspicion that Michael may be cheating on her set the stage for the film, and it leaves us wondering if the relationship can survive.

As the film progresses, the storyline follows the couple's individual journeys over the course of one night. While Michael is on a business trip with a colleague, Laura (Mendes), Joanna runs into an ex-boyfriend, Alex (Guillaume Canet), at a party. As the night goes on, both Joanna and Michael are presented with opportunities to be unfaithful to each other. Though they both struggle with their desires, they never cross the line into full-blown infidelity. Instead, they grapple with the complexity of their situation and attempt to navigate their ways back to each other.

Throughout the film, the dialogue is biting and raw. Knightley delivers a nuanced portrayal of Joanna that makes us feel her restlessness and desperation. Her convoluted relationship with Alex creates tension, but her longing for Michael is never far from her mind. Worthington presents a compelling picture of the driven and successful Michael. His professional ambition leaves little room for his relationship with Joanna, and it's clear that he has some work to do to heal their relationship.

Mendes brings the character of Laura to life with a sultry ferocity. Though she's a relatively minor character in the story, her presence provides insight into the ways in which people use others to cope with their own struggles.

The setting of the film is beautifully captured by cinematographer Peter Deming. With sweeping shots of New York City's skyline and intimate moments between the characters, Deming's work helps to create a sense of place and provides a backdrop for the characters to exist in.

Overall, Last Night feels like a realistic and honest look at relationships. It captures the essence of the doubts and anxieties that plague all of us in our relationships, and it does so without resorting to melodrama. It's a subtle and nuanced film that presents the viewer with a chance to reflect on their own relationships and ponder what it means to truly connect with another person.

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