Vendredi soir (Friday Night)
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Vendredi soir (Friday Night)
Paris resident Laure (Valerie Lemercier) has just finished packing her belongings in preparation for moving in with her lover, though she is oblivious to her apparent jitters at doing so. As she leaves her apartment for the night to join a pair of friends for dinner, Laure gets held up in traffic, due to a crippling public transportation strike. As she waits in her car, she finds a sense of serenity in the midst of all the chaos and begins to watch a number of people as they work their way through the congestion. One man in particular attracts her attention, as he also seems to be calmly… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Beautiful and moody, fiercely intelligent and astoundingly chilly."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"Laure is uptight, slightly vacant, often confused. That the film becomes slightly surreal in the second half doesn't help."
‑ Erik Lundegaard, Seattle Times
"a most rewarding cinematic journey"
‑ Jay Antani, Los Angeles Alternative
"[Denis] creates so many dazzling little moments that she turns what might have been something slight and forgettable into something occasionally magical."
‑ Shawn Levy, Oregonian
"It will make you long for the weekend...a picture that seems to ramble its way through an essentially tepid little anecdote."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"Might make action fans pull their hair out."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"This one doesn't have the crackle of Denis's best efforts ... but it quietly rewards those who have enormous patience."
‑ Janice Page, Boston Globe
"There's something about Denis's filmmaking style that is deeply affecting."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The film's wonderful final scene is a generous pay-off."
‑ Jurgen Fauth,
"I would not want to spend my Friday Night watching this Friday Night. It's bad enough to sit through it on Wednesday morning."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
"A great and simple movie romance."
‑ Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly
"I didn't buy it for a minute, though I did enjoy it."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"an economically constructed road movie, beautiful to look at and full of minutely observed details"
‑ Anton Bitel, Movie Gazette
"...if you go with the ebb and flow, Friday Night can be as intoxicating as a good cocktail."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"Denis imbues the simple details of a one-night stand with powerful eroticism and humane understanding."
‑ Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News
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