Irish Film Institute -NIGHT MOVES



112 minutes, U.S.A., 2013, Colour, D-Cinema

Three committed environmentalists are drawn together, driven by the notion of making a big statement to get their views heard in a society that has ostracised them. Josh (Jesse Eisenberg) is a brooding organic farmer who has connected with Dena (Dakota Fanning), a rich kid rebelling against her roots. They meet up with Harmon (Peter Sarsgaard), an ex-Marine, jailbird and adrenaline junkie, who may have more experience than his younger cohorts, but who carries a dark-hearted cynicism.

The consequences of their actions lead to bouts of fear, doubt and paranoia among the trio. Kelly Reichardt (Old Joy, Wendy and Lucy, Meek’s Cutoff) has retained much of the minimalist manner of her previous work in this committed genre piece, a tense thriller of real substance. Night Moves provokes essential questions about morality, idealism, and violence, contains great performances from its cast, and enhances Reichardt’s reputation as one of the most fascinating filmmakers working in America today. (Notes by Michael Hayden.)

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★★★★The Guardian ★★★★ ★★★★ The Irish Times

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