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Five movies the events of which last only one night

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Strangers by Night movie. Source: Movie screenshot

Night is a magical time when a whole story can unfold. And as we miss dates under the starry sky or nighttime adventures a bit, OBOZ.UA has collected 5 movies the events of which last one night. The list includes a film that can be seen in theaters starting April 25, and well-known classics.

Strangers by Night, dir. by Alex Lutz (2023)

The film by the director, who also played the main role, is released in Ukraine a year after its premiere at last year's Cannes Film Festival. It is a story about Nathalie and Aymeric who collide in the Parisian subway. Can a loud quarrel in the subway turn into a passionate affair? Their argument in a crowded carriage will turn into spontaneous sex in a photo booth. Together, the couple will spend a carefree night under the French sky, where they discuss their happy memories and the years they have lived, to find out at dawn whether they will continue their journey together.

Victoria, dir. by Sebastian Schipper (2015)

One night, a Spanish girl named Victoria meets a couple of guys in Berlin. They offer to show her the German capital as it really is. But it's not just a walk through the partying city at night. It turns out that Victoria's new friends need to settle an old debt. They decide to commit a robbery, and Victoria is asked to be the driver.

This one-shot film was considered for the 2016 Oscars in the Best Foreign Language Film category from Germany but lost in the domestic selection to the historical film Labyrinth of Lies.

Collateral, dir. Michael Mann (2004)

This movie by the cult director stars Tom Cruise, Mark Ruffalo and Jamie Foxx. This is a story about a taxi driver who accidentally gets into a dangerous adventure. He learns that his client, who asked him to drive him all night, is a hired killer on a mission. Max is forced to indulge the whims of Vincent, a murderer who plans to kill five people. The driver has only one goal left: to save himself and his last victim.

Night on Earth, dir. Jim Jarmusch (1991)

The comedy anthology created by the director of Only Lovers Left Alive consists of five stories that take place over the course of one night and deal with the short-term but sometimes very intimate relationship between a taxi driver and a passenger. They take place in five cities: Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Rome, and Helsinki. The time is the same, but the events take place later and later due to the change of time zones. Jarmusch wrote the script in about eight days, and the choice of certain cities was mostly based on the actors he wanted to work with. Among them are, for example, Winona Ryder (Tim Burton's Beatlejuice) or Isaach de Bankolé (Lars von Trier's Manderlay).

Before Sunrise, dir. by Richard Linklater (1995)

The cult melodrama has two more parts, but it all started with this story of a chance meeting on a train. Young American Jesse is on his way to Vienna to fly to America. But his plans change when he meets a nice girl named Céline on the train, who is traveling to Paris. The man convinces his fellow traveler to get off the train with him in the Austrian capital to spend at least one night together. Their feelings become so strong that before dawn, the couple agrees to meet in six months. But is it destined to happen so soon?

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