NYFF 2011: Critic’s Notebook

by Vadim Rizov

The second act of Julia Loktev’s first narrative feature—2006’s Day Night Day Night—is a real time urban nightmare: an unnamed woman (Luisa Williams) wanders through Times Square with a bomb strapped to her chest, internally/inscrutably debating whether to detonate. When she decides, the movie inevitably gets less tense, but that first hour makes the film as a whole one of the most terrifying things I’ve seen: the lives at stake get to you less than the sense of a fragile, cringing person tensed up and ready to destroy themselves.

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