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A Thousand Times Goodnight

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What happens when a woman is torn between the love of her family and the love of her work?

This is a situation that many of us encounter in our own daily lives, but for top war photographer Rebecca (Juliet Binoche) this tug of war threatens to kill her.

After a serious incident, Rebecca has to find her way back to her family, earn their trust and rekindle love with her husband (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau). But will she be able to give the job up to save her family?

A Thousand Times Goodnight is a morally complex film, asking us to consider what really matters in life. Is taking photos to highlight atrocities around the world the best thing Rebecca can do for humanity? What is the best thing for her daughters? Is the need to take that perfect photograph stronger than the need to protect her own family?

Juliet Binoche is emotionally charged as Rebecca and handsomely bearded Nikolaj Coster-Waldau plays her dutiful husband Marcus with intensity.

I couldn’t help but compare the situation to my own, where my partner is often left at home to care for our children while I’m away for work. The biggest difference is that my life is never at stake.

However, I think most of us can relate to the issues surrounding autonomy in a relationship and the responsibility for one’s children.

Director Erik Poppe has managed to stay away from melodrama and conventional action and instead created a gorgeous looking, seriously tense film with strong emotional punch. I highly recommend it for anyone who craves strong female characters on the big screen.

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