Horror Brought to Life: You and the Night / Les Rencontres d’après Minuit (2013)
So, with the evenings drawing in it was well dark buy the time I rocked up to London’s Horse Hospital for November’s Cut! presentation. As ever Mr Chainsaw took to the stage first: “It’s not a horror, it’s French and it’s got Mr Ohh Ahh Cantona in it, but I think you will like it, we like to mix things up a bit at the Cut!” and with that the lights went down.
Well this is intriguing I thought, but let’s give it a go. So as the film opens we find beautiful young Matthias (Niels Schneider) his partner Ali (Kate Moran) and their transvestite maid Udo (Nicholas Maury) preparing for an orgy. Soon their guests begin arriving; the Slut (Julie Bremond), the Teen (Alain Fabien Delon), the Star (Fabienne Babe) and the Stud (Ohh Ahh its Monsieur Cantona).
As the guests arrive and get comfortable we are treated to flashbacks of their fantasies and back-stories so what we get here is essentially a sexually charged and quite surreal version of the old portmanteau horrors pioneered by Ealing’s Dead of Night (1945) and continued through the 1960s and early 70s by Amicus, only seen through the lens of David Lynch or Pedro Almodovar and a pinch of Bergman. And just like those little compendiums the framing device of the orgy holds a curious little egg concerning the origin of our hosts Matthias, Ali and Udo and their relationship.
To reveal any more of the plot would spoil your potential fun, but You and the Night is a highly imaginative film that contains some quite gorgeous photography and set design, nice performances from the cast and at times sparklingly funny dialogue, even through the medium of English subtitles. Oh yes and Betty Blue herself, Beatrice Dalle puts in a cameo as a whip cracking police commissioner!
A highly charged erotic romp with supernatural overtones, like Amicus on MDMA I give You and the Night a big 666/666.
You and the Night is released in the UK on DVD (standard and limited edition with soundtrack DVD) on 24 November 2014 from Peccadillo Pictures
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Review by Simon Ball
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