Last Night 2011 R CC

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Academy Award nominee Keira Knightley and Sam Worthington star as a young married couple confronted by temptation in this sexy; provocative romantic drama also starring Eva Mendes and Guillaume Canet. 2011 Festival Selection.

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Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington
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1 hour, 35 minutes

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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By BigYalie on September 3, 2011
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LAST NIGHT, directed by Massy Tadjedin, stars Keira Knightley and Sam Worthington (Avatar, Clash of the Titans) as an attractive married couple living in an upscale Soho flat in New York who struggle with the issue of temptation. The film opens with Joanna (Knightley) and Michael (Worthington) attending a party thrown by the latter's boss during which Joanna glimpses a possibly flirtatious moment between her husband and his sexy new colleague, Laura (Eva Mendes). This observation causes sufficient doubt in Joanna's mind to cause her to doubt her husband's faithfulness, which suspicions she expresses when they return home later that night. Michael denies that he is having an affair although Joanna still has lingering doubts when Michael leaves on a business trip the next morning.

When she goes out for a coffee, Joanna is spotted by her former French lover, Alex (Guillaume Canet), who is in New York to meet his American publisher and is still very much in love with her even though they haven't seen each other in two years. Alex invites Joanna out to dinner and the two ex-lovers find themselves reviving old feelings which could well threaten her seemingly comfortable marriage. Meanwhile, away in Philadelphia to close a property deal, Michael finds himself having drinks alone with Laura, who makes no secret of her romantic interest in him.

« It's very thought-provoking when it comes to the subject of infidelity and how one reacts to it, » said Knightley, 25, about the film. « It's one of the hardest issues that any couple faces and how each deals with it and reacts to and how they survive it - or not!
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 6, 2011
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LAST NIGHT is a tightly woven tale that explores the psyches of four people in one fascinating evening. This is the initial directing outing for Iranian-American writer Massy Tadjedin ('The Jacket', 'Leo') who also created the story and the script: the film is so fine that we doubtless will be hearing more about her.

Joanna Reed (Keira Knightley) is a beautiful young writer married to commercial real estate developer Michael Reed (Sam Worthington) in what appears to be a happy marriage despite the struggle between two careers. Michael takes Joanna to a company party and there she observes the soft spoken Michael paying attention to one of his co-workers, the sensuous Laura (Eva Mendes), an act that Joanna feels indicates unfaithfulness or at least suspicious behavior on Michael's part. The seed of doubt is planted, Michael is leaving for a business trip to Philadelphia the next morning with his coworkers Andy (Anson Mount) and Laura, and there is friction between Joanna and Michael that Michael's reassurance cannot overcome. The next day as Joanna sops for coffee she encounters an old flame from her time spent writing in Paris - Alex Mann (Guillaume Canet) - and they agree to meet that evening. Chemistry resurges and that evening as Alex and Joanna dine with Alex's publisher Truman (Griffin Dunne), both are questioned by Truman about their past affair, Joanna admits she is now married, and Alex is in a relationship in Paris. The couple leaves and circumstances lead them to return to Joanna's apartment where they face their feelings. At the same time as this evening is developing Michael and Laura enter a seduction dance: Michael is faithful to Joanna but the emotionally bruised Laura persists in her attempt to pull Michael into her web.
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"What I wouldn't give to have tired of you." After a party makes her feel uneasy Joanna (Knightley) thinks that her husband Michael (Worthington) is cheating on her. The next day he leaves on a business trip, with the women (Eva Mendes). The same day Joanna runs into her past love and spends time with him. Both are tempted to do what they shouldn't. This is a movie that you have to let form. The first half hour or so is a little slow, but then it really starts to take shape and the ending will leave you wanting more. Being a man, this is not usually the type of movie that I enjoy, but I really did like this one. I would call this a more subdued version of "Closer", much less overt sex and much more subtle love. Much like "Closer" you are pulled back and forth between who you like and who you don't. Who is right and who is wrong. Who you want to root for, and who you shouldn't. Either way this is a very emotionally powerful movie that will leave you wishing there was more. Overall, I surprisingly liked this movie a lot. This is a very emotional movie that will leave you thinking. That's a good thing. I give it a B+.

Would I watch again? - I actually think I might.
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Ever run into an old lover and wondered about all the "what ifs"? What if we'd been older (or younger), more mature, wiser or (you fill in the blanks). Let's face it - sometimes that smoldering flame from a past love is ready and waiting for the right moment to be rekindled. But can it? That is the focus of the movie,Last Night, and it remains very watchable without falling into totally smarmy territory. Credit has to go to the entire cast, particularly Keira Knightley, playing a wife who runs into her old lover. If this seems like the same tired plot you've seen in other movies, rest assured that the characters in this one are working with a script that gives them room to add depth to their parts.

As far as sex goes, there are some steamy scenes but nothing as graphic as what I'd anticipated. There is actually more sexual tension because of this. What I found particularly fascinating about this film: the way time, distance, and marriage can add or subtract from the longing for an old love....for better or worse. Take a chance on Last Night and you aren't likely to regret it.
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