Night Holders
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From Montreal to James Bay, three night workers bustle about in fascinating places where a strange timelessness reigns and where the human activity of day is left in abeyance. For one night, constantly renewed, they are invisible kings. A film like the flow of breath, Night Holders is a documentary carried along by an electro-acoustic score free of dialogue, an incisive look at contemporary North American loneliness.

2005
Canada
37:45
Original language
French

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Credits

Direction
Nicolas Rutigliano
Conception
Mathieu Laverdière
Research
Dominique Legendre
Lisandre Martin
Editing
Nicolas Rutigliano
Online Editing
Denis Pilon
Denis Gathelier
Mixing
Louis Dufort
Participants
Florient Jolicoeur
Kathleen Morneau
Michel Paradis
Photography
Mathieu Laverdière
Music
Louis Dufort
Production
Polygone
Nicolas Rutigliano

Technical information

Color
Color
Image format
4:3
Sound
Stereo
Shooting format
DVCAM

Documentation

Further information

Commentary by Claire Valade, Film critic from Quebec

A superb example of how film can speak volumes without using a single word. Night Holders plays with cinematic language in a remarkable way; it is truly a ballet of images. Nicolas Rutigliano has succeeded in creating a most unusual documentary, an engrossing and mesmerizing profile, all silence and nuance, of a night-shift worker’s solitude. A documentary as timeless as the world in stasis it portrays, a reflection of its subjects, who seem to live strictly in the now.

Keywords
Night, Detachment, Time, Work, Wait, Observation