That Good Night (2017)

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That Good Night (2017)

Ralph, a once-famous screenwriter, is in his seventies and terminally ill. He has two final missions: to be reconciled to his son, Michael, and, secretly, to ensure he is not a burden to his wife, Anna, as he goes "into that good night".
UK
Portugal
IMDb   6.6 /10
TheMovieDb    7.1 /10
RottenTomatoes
TV.com
FilmAffinity  
Creators
Director Eric Styles
Writer N.J. Crisp
Writer Charles Savage
Information
Release Date2020-11-02
Runtime1h 32min
GenreDrama
Content Rating
AwardsAwards3 nominations
Company
CountryUK, Portugal
LanguageEnglish
Ralphas Ralph
Annaas Anna
Michaelas Michael
Cassieas Cassie
The Visitoras The Visitor
Tiago Aldeia
Tiago Aldeia
Mr. Suarez - The Hatteras Mr. Suarez - The Hatter
Dr. Ana Blascoas Dr. Ana Blasco
Ronaldoas Ronaldo
Dr. Dominique Pasqualeas Dr. Dominique Pasquale
Katrin Kaasa
Katrin Kaasa
Maternity Ward Nurseas Maternity Ward Nurse
Salvador Nery
Salvador Nery
Dr. Gonzalezas Dr. Gonzalez
Juana Pereira da Silva
Juana Pereira da Silva
Car Hire Repas Car Hire Rep
Joana Santos
Joana Santos
Joanaas Joana
Marina Silva
Marina Silva
Stewardess at Airportas Stewardess at Airport
Amber Townsend
Amber Townsend
Sophisticated clientas Sophisticated client
Georgina White
Georgina White
Betje Dewitas Betje Dewit

That Good Night (film)

That Good Night is a 2017 British drama film directed by Eric Styles and starring John Hurt. It is based on N. J. Crisp's 1996 play of the same name. It is also notable for being Hurt's final film, although Damascus Cover (filmed earlier) was released later.


Plot

Ralph, a famous screenwriter now in his seventies and terminally ill, revisits his moral principles and desires to die with dignity. He wants to reconnect with his estranged son, Michael. He also wants to make sure he doesn't become a burden to his loving, much younger wife Anna as he goes "into that good night".


Cast

  • John Hurt as Ralph
  • Charles Dance as The Visitor
  • Sofia Helin as Anna
  • Max Brown as Michael
  • Erin Richards as Cassie
  • Noah Jupe as Ronaldo

Production

The film was shot in Algarve, Portugal for five weeks, and produced by London film investment company Goldfinch Studios LTD, formerly GSP Studios.


Reception

Rotten Tomatoes gives the film an approval rating of 52% based on 21 critics, and an average rating of 5.20/10.

Neil Young of The Hollywood Reporter gave the film a positive review and wrote that it "passes muster strictly as a showcase for Hurt and Dance." Wendy Ide of Screen Daily also gave the film a positive review and wrote "So effortlessly good is Hurt, however, that he rather outclasses the rest." James Luxford from Picturehouse Spotlight wrote that That Good Night, "is an absorbing British drama that explores issues that with resonate with everyone who sees it. Featuring performances that will inspire conversations long after the credits have rolled, it is a fitting tribute to one of our most instinctive talents."

CineVue's Jamie Neish rated the film 2/5, and wrote "The film never feels truly worthy of Hurt's talents and doesn't utilise his abilities as well as it could have done." The Times also gave it 2/5, and stated "It's more mawkish than melancholic."