Night Across the Street
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Night Across the Street
On the verge of a forced retirement, Don Celso, an elderly office worker begins to relive both real and imagined memories from his life - a trip to the movies as a young boy with Beethoven, listening to tall tales from Long John Silver, a brief stay in a haunted hotel. Stories hide within stories and the thin line between imagination and reality steadily erodes, opening up a marvelous new world of personal remembrance and fantastic melodrama. In this playfully elegiac film, loosely adapted from the fantastical short stories of Chilean writer Hernán del Solar, Raul Ruiz (MYSTERIES OF LISBON)… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Elegiac, witty and deeply reflective, "Night Across the Street" strikes a mature and complex tone."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"Unusually suffused with the contrast between experience and memory, reality and surreality."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Past, present, and future, and illusion and reality, dissolve as the film's scenes line up like marbles, all of equal weight and value."
‑ Aaron Cutler, Film Comment Magazine
"Playful and wildly imaginative to the last, this film shows Ruiz going out dreaming, and laughing."
‑ Jonathan Romney, Screen International
"It all has a sense of regret and almost relief. It haunts."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"These are the dreams of a man stepping out of this world, perhaps never more lucid and full of life."
‑ Michelle Orange, Village Voice
"The arty, poignant and thought-provoking sentimental film, about life as a never-ending journey, should appeal mostly to Ruiz's devoted fan base."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Across the film's second half, as is sometimes his wont, Ruiz begins to cast aside the genteel, tradition-of-quality trappings misleadingly suggested by the first act and indulges in the lurid fancy of pulp fiction and horror."
‑ Jaime N. Christley, Slant Magazine
"Raúl Ruiz's elegiac, enigmatic and mischievous final film."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"The way Ruiz uses such giddy flourishes in the name of looking back on one's life is both thrillingly irreverent and surprisingly moving."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"The film's like wandering unescorted in someone else's mind ... It becomes more beautifully melancholic as you remember it."
‑ Kent Turner,
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