An elderly office worker begins to relive both real and imagined memories from his life. As stories hide within stories and the thin line between imagination and reality steadily erodes, a new world of personal remembrance and fantastic melodrama awakens. In this playfully elegiac film, loosely adapted from the fantastical short stories of Chilean writer Herman del Solar, Raoul Ruiz has crafted a final masterwork on his favorite subjects: fiction, history and life itself. [Cinema Guild]
Film informationGenre: Drama
- Slant Magazine - by Jaime N. Christley
It's a final film in the specific sense of Raúl Ruiz designing the larger part of it around a metaphorical contemplation of his own, imminent demise. ...read more
- The New York Times - by A.O. Scott
Unlike his precursors Georges Franju and Luis Buñuel, who reveled in the shock of incongruity, Mr. Ruiz took it in stride. His gliding, floating camera could make wild impossibilities look utterly natural. And so it is in Night Across the Street, where the present commingles with the past, and seeming is another way of being. ...
- Variety - by Justin Chang
The valedictory sentiments at the heart of this mysterious experiment are conveyed with characteristically wry wit and great generosity of spirit. ...