Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB
Original title: History Is Made At Night
United Kingdom/France/Germany/Finland, 1999. Scala Productions, IMA Productions, Smile Entertainment, Helkon Media, Upstream Pictures. Story by Jean-Pierre Gorin, Patrick Amos, Screenplay by Patrick Amos. Cinematography by Michel Amathieu. Produced by Amy Hobby, Jonathan Karlsen, Kerry Rock. Music by Courtney Pine. Production Design by Zoe MacLeod, Anna Rackard. Costume Design by Marjatta Nissinen. Film Editing by Alan Srachan.
Positively weird European spy comedy featuring Irène Jacob and Bill Pullman as intelligence operatives who are also lovers, their hot-and-cold relationship constantly getting in the way of doing their job well even in life-threatening situations. The film is completely unremarkable, but passes your time easily and has a charmingly diverting plot about the usual things this genre has to offer: stolen documents falling into enemy hands, red herring villains abounding everywhere, exotic locales (in this case, Northern Europe). Special ingredients include the oddest usage for a UPS code ever seen on film. European-made but filmed in English, this one was originally called History Is Made At Night when it traveled the film festival circuit.
Toronto International Film Festival: 1999