Bertrand Bonello, France/Germany/Belgium 2016, 130 minutes DCP R13 violence, offensive language, content that may disturb.
Paris is being stalked by a hidden menace. You’d never recognise them. They have no religion, no affiliation, no shared skin. But they’re there, young and angry, drifting through the streets and subways hunting for weakness. And when they find it, they’re going to bring the city to its knees, and drink champagne and dance until the dawn.
Enigmatic, unsettling and seething with inscrutable energy, Nocturama is the latest blazing provocation from writer/director and composer Bertrand Bonello. A film of daring politics, ravishing style and sublime soundtracking – including a sequence set to Willow Smith’s Whip My Hair that has to be seen to be believed – Nocturama offers up a grim fantasia of terror and excess that will stay with you for weeks.
- Melbourne International Film Festival 2017