Juliette Binoche’s Performance Glorifies Erik Poppe’s English Debut

Posted: Oct 24 2014, 9:35am CDT | by , Updated: Oct 24 2014, 12:12pm CDT, in News | Latest Celebrity News


Juliette Binoche Glorifies Erik Poppe’s English Debut
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Is it Juliette Binoche’s performance or Erik Poppe’s story that makes ‘1000 Times Good Night’ a masterpiece?

In Erik Poppe’s ‘1000 Times Good Night’, Juliette Binoche plays Rebecca, an acclaimed morally self-righteous war photographer. Absorbed in risk-taking assignments, the character leads two lives in continual conflict. One moment we find her in the jaws of death and another at her home on the heavenly Irish seacoast.

Married to Nikolaj Coster, the famous ‘Games of Thrones’ actor, who plays the role of a dashing marine biologist. Bothered every time when Rebecca departs just wants her to leave the job. Rebecca’s character is an alternate for the Norwegian Director Erik Poppe, a former photojournalist.

As the movie begins, we discover Rebecca working undercover on a story about life inside the Taliban. We see Rebecca taking photos of a woman attaching explosives to her body. The outstanding screenplay by Harold Rosenlow Eeg essentially compares Rebecca’s willingness to die for her work with the woman’s sacrifice for a religious cause. So devoted to her work Rebecca rides in the same car carrying the bomber into Kabul just so she can be in the center of the action. As she could not resist a last shot she triggers an alarm among the police and the bomb goes off prematurely. The scene tries to depict that how a photojournalist’s presence can shape events. Rebecca returns home with an injured lung.

Ms. Binoche’s wrenchingly honest representation of a woman of conscience is just amazing. The final challenge for Rebecca emerges as a trip to the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya. she is assured that this journey involves no risk. However a surprise attack puts her in harm’s way once again. Not following the instructions she rushes into action.

Ms. Binoche’s smile registers a shadow of sorrow on the face of someone who has seen too much of the world’s horrors to forget them. She is one of the few screen actors who can convey multiple adverse emotions in a single glimpse. With extreme clarity she disappears into the reality of her characters making them come alive. 

Source: NYTimes

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