There is no redemption in Bertrand Bonello’s third feature, Nocturama, a thriller about a group of Parisian teenagers who roam around the streets of Paris, orchestrating a terrorist attack by planting bombs at multiple locations. On the night of the explosions, they gather in a department store hoping to escape the authorities. The hideout ironically becomes the teenagers’ playground as they explore materialistic desire with merchandise. Bonello stays away from contextual explanation to the story and, in turn, creates an experience of unconventional cinematic engagement. 

DIRECTED/WRITTEN BY: Bertrand Bonello. WITH: Finnegan Oldfield, Vincent Rottiers, Hamza Meziani. 2016. 130 min. France/Germany/Belgium. Color. French. DCP.

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