"When did You start taking pictures of war?" "Anger." "Are you still angry?" "Oh, yes"
Eric Poppe's "A Thousand Times Goodnight" is a stirring, emotional tale of Rebecca - one of the world's leading war-zone photographers. She is passionate to - some might say - the point of obsession over capturing horrific pictures highlighting the brutality of these war torn countries. The film follows her as she is faced with the conflict of continuing her work, or deciding to leave danger and return to the safety of her family.
Juliet Binoche is in the title role, and performs magnificently. You have a real sense of the drive leading her, and the continuing internal struggle she faces. Nikolaj Coster-Waldeau is her husband, and his range of acting is strong throughout - in particular a scene (show in the trailer, so I don't think it's a spoiler) where he basically throws Rebecca out of the house in a passionate rage.
However the strongest performance, in my opinion, comes from a newcomer. Lauryn Canny in her film debut plays one of Rebecca's daughter - with such a sense of realism and depth.
The cinematography is amazing - filmed on location in Kabul, Kenya and Morocco the filming emphasises Rebecca's desire to capture these seemingly surreal places.
The film seems to be getting mixed reviews, but I firmly put it as number one on my pedestal for films of 2014. An original, riveting story that deserves to be seen by as many people as possible - so if you haven't seen it yet, what are you waiting for?