Still Night, Still Light
Mes nuits feront écho
True North | Future//Present
An existential meditation on longing, loss, and memory, the lyrical Still Night, Still Light seamlessly moves between three characters and three distinct locations. Eliane is a young college dropout working as a princess at children’s birthday parties in Montreal. Struggling with the loss of her parents, she decides to leave home and teach piano abroad. Ending up in Mexico City, she takes on a young boy as a student. That boy’s father, Romes, is coping with the disappointments that come with midlife; he and Eliane develop an unlikely bond. Finally, there is Pablo, whose father wants to travel to China—because of a book he read when he was young and because he harbours memories of a lost love. Each character is processing their past and unsure about how to move into the future.
Sophie Goyette’s film emphasizes mood over narrative. Often the dialogue is heard offscreen while poetic images linger before us, and her visuals lend the film a dreamlike quality. Still Night, Still Light is a testament to cinema’s ability to provide solace, and a moving articulation of the physical and metaphysical journeys we take to ease our troubled souls.
— Adam Cook
Bright Future Award, Rotterdam 2017