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Parents' Guide to

1,000 Times Good Night

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Mature themes in moving story about mother/war photographer.

Movie NR 2014 111 minutes
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Binoche's beautifully subtle performance as a complicated woman is the foremost reason to see this film. Specifically, the sequences in which Rebecca is on assignment in Afghanistan and in Kenya are the best in the movie; she mesmerizes viewers as she captures others' unthinkable circumstances. The opening and closing moments in particular are gorgeously shot, even as what they're depicting is utterly horrifying. Wordlessly and with just a Canon DSLR as a prop, Binoche explores the depths of what an adrenaline-fueled journalist on a mission must feel when he or she has gotten the chance to record history.

But the movie isn't just about Rebecca's job; it's also about her life back home, where she doesn't quite fit in to the idyllic surroundings. Sure, she has a gorgeous, attentive husband; two lovely daughters (one broodily pubescent, the other still young enough to care only about what presents Mum has brought home from her exotic travels); and the kind of stone country home featured on Ireland tourism sites, but Rebecca isn't made to chaperone field trips or make meals. She tries, for her husband's sake, to be fulfilled with a quieter, domestic life, but as her best friends, Tom (U2 drummer Larry Mullen, Jr.) and Theresa (Maria Doyle Kennedy), know about her, she's got a gift and she needs to use it. Young Canny does a wonderful job as possibly the only character who truly changes and grows over the course of the film, but the family melodrama isn't nearly as captivating as Rebecca's unquenchable need to be out in the field.

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