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.
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.