November

"Good"

November Review


Something akin to a dialed-down Darren Aronofsky thriller-- with a lot of David Lynch thrown in -- "November" dives headlonginto the unraveling, despondent psyche of a woman whose boyfriend has beenkilled in a convenience store robbery while she waited in a car outside.

Employing feverish flashes of iconic imagery to unsettlingeffect (as Aronofsky did in "Pi" and "Requiemfor a Dream"), director Greg Harrison buildsa non-linear storyline (like Lynch's "Lost Highway" and "MulhollandDrive") of seemingly conflicting memoriesthat keeps circling back to that fateful day, its events taking differentshapes each time.

Played with frazzled intensity by Courtney Cox-Arquette,the woman is an art-school photography teacher whose world turns disorientinglycold, foggy, gray, loud and claustrophobic (kudos to cinematographer NancySchreiber and composer Lew Baldwin) as she copes with grief and guilt thatseem to manifest in headaches, stomach pains and fainting spells.

But her reality -- or perhaps just her perception of it-- really begins to twist when a mysterious photo taken outside the storeon the night of the murder turns up in her slide carousel during a classlecture. Then her TV begins inexplicably broadcasting security-camera footagefrom the night of the shootings.

Harrison (whose debut was the moment-capturing undergroundrave movie "Groove")and screenwriter Benjamin Brand weave flashbacks of Cox's troubled romancewith the dead boyfriend (played by the underrated JamesLeGros, "Scotland,PA") into their outwardly chaotic timeline,and deftly use them to help slowly peel away some layers of confusion whileapplying new layers elsewhere. But in the end, there is a clarity one couldnever have imagined halfway through the film's brief but potent 73-minuteruntime.

The one notable weakness of "November" is thatit's the kind of surreal story in which getting ahead of the characterscould ruin the suspense. Anyone whose mind begins clicking puzzle piecesinto place -- intentionally, habitually or through an inadvertent epiphany-- will likely not get caught up in the distorted ambiance of discombobulation.But those who give themselves over to Harrison's compelling machinationswill be rewarded with a superbly unnerving mystery.



Facts and Figures

Run time: 73 mins

In Theaters: Sunday 18th January 2004

Distributed by: Sony Pictures Classics

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 32%
Fresh: 25 Rotten: 53

IMDB: 5.6 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Starring: as Sophie Jacobs, as Hugh, as Jesse, as Dr. Fayn, as Officer Roberts, as Carol Jacobs, as The Shooter, Robert Wu as Juhn

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

Contactmusic 2017 Exclusive

New Movies

Hidden Figures Movie Review

Hidden Figures Movie Review

This film recounts such a great true story that we don't mind the fact that...

The Founder Movie Review

The Founder Movie Review

This is the story of Ray Kroc, the man who created the concept of McDonald's....

John Wick: Chapter 2 Movie Review

John Wick: Chapter 2 Movie Review

Keanu Reeves picks up his supremely efficient hitman immediately where the 2015 original left him:...

Fences Movie Review

Fences Movie Review

After winning Tony Awards on Broadway, Denzel Washington and Viola Davis reteam for a film...

The Lego Batman Movie Movie Review

The Lego Batman Movie Movie Review

A spin-off from 2014's awesome The Lego Movie, this raucously paced action-comedy is proof that...

The Space Between Us Movie Review

The Space Between Us Movie Review

While the premise of this movie makes it look like a sci-fi adventure, the truth...

Toni Erdmann Movie Review

Toni Erdmann Movie Review

On paper, the idea of a two-hour 40-minute German comedy may not seem very promising,...

Advertisement
Gold Movie Review

Gold Movie Review

Based on a true story, this lively and sometimes outrageous adventure is packed with twists...

Loving Movie Review

Loving Movie Review

While this film tackles a huge issue in the history of race relations in America,...

T2 Trainspotting Movie Review

T2 Trainspotting Movie Review

It's been 20 years since we last saw four freewheeling young junkies from Edinburgh spiral...

Hacksaw Ridge Movie Review

Hacksaw Ridge Movie Review

Based on an astounding true story, this battlefield drama mixes warm emotion with intense action...

Sing Movie Review

Sing Movie Review

The quality of the animation in this musical comedy may not be up to Pixar...

Jackie Movie Review

Jackie Movie Review

Rather than make a standard biopic about the most famous First Lady in American history,...

Split Movie Review

Split Movie Review

After a few badly received sci-fi blockbusters, M. Night Shyamalan returned to his earthier style...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.