Night Across the Street
"Ruiz's final film is one of the cinema's grandest, most graceful farewells to life. " —New Yorker
"...elegiac, enigmatic and mischievous... the present commingles with the past, and seeming is another way of being... charming..." —New York Times
"Proof that Raúl Ruiz was still teeming with ideas... a characteristic work of surreal wit and circuitousness -- and the filmmaker's winking but mournful goodbye." —Village Voice
On the verge of a forced retirement, Don Celso, an elderly office worker begins to relive both real and imagined memories from his life - a trip to the movies as a young boy with Beethoven, listening to tall tales from Long John Silver, a brief stay in a haunted hotel. Stories hide within stories and the thin line between imagination and reality steadily erodes, opening up a marvelous new world of personal remembrance and fantastic melodrama. In this playfully elegiac film, loosely adapted from the fantastical short stories of Chilean writer Hernán del Solar, Raúl Ruiz has crafted a final masterwork on his favorite subjects: fiction, history and life itself.
1hr 41mins | Chile | NR
Directed by: Raúl Ruiz
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