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The Sunlit Night (2019)



Critic Consensus: Jenny Slate remains as charming as ever, but her winsome performance isn't enough to overcome The Sunlit Night's grating tone and meandering plot.

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The Sunlit Night follows an aspiring painter (Jenny Slate) from New York City to the farthest reaches of Arctic Norway for an assignment she hopes will invigorate her work and expand her horizons. In a remote village, among the locals, she meets a fellow New Yorker (Alex Sharp), who has come in search of a proper Viking funeral only to find that the Chief (Zach Galifianakis) is but a re-enactor from Cincinnati. The eclectic crew ranges from "home" to "lost," within the extreme and dazzling landscape of the Far North. Under a sun that never quite sets, and the high standards of an unforgiving mentor, Frances must navigate between ambition, desire, obligation, and risk in order to find a way forward.

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I can easily imagine people who wouldn't like it, but there is something beautiful about how perfectly it locates a feeling of confusion, ambivalence and grief.

July 23, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

The Sunlit Night feels somewhat incomplete, less a full-blown oil painting than a sketch skimmed over with a veil of watercolor. But Slate's vibrance shines right through no matter what.

July 20, 2020 | Full Review…

Slate holds her own and shows glimpses at the story of artistic and personal awakening that "The Sunlit Night" could have been. But mostly it's trapped in the dark.

July 18, 2020 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

What remains on the screen is gorgeously photographed, well-acted and a little more thoughtful than one might expect.

July 17, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Despite Slate's capable performance, the movie is only postcard-friendly, not an artistic awakening.

July 16, 2020 | Full Review…

Taken as a whole, "The Sunlit Night" is fey and inconclusive, and whether something of more substance got cut in the post-Sundance re-edit or was never there to begin with is at this point moot.

July 15, 2020 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
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