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(aka "Noches de espera" or "Longing Nights")

 

directed by Tiago Lećo
Spain/Portugal 2013

LONGING NIGHTS promises a "candid portrait of four relationships higly loaded with eroticism from beginning to end" and that's what we get; although to little effect because of a lack of thematic connection, interconnection of storylines, or even much of a sense of closure as transvestite prostitute Aitana, gay club hopper Pierrick, straight drug dealer Jorge, and lesbian Rita maneuver through Barcelona's night life. The only common problem seeming to be the allure of casual sex and how that interferes with them forming meaningful connections - Aitana with a female prostitute, Pierrick with a smitten waiter, Jorge with his own pregnant wife, and Rita with her girlfriend; although it does not really seem like any of them want those connections (after his wife has left him, Jorge only tries to contact her because the house is a mess and he does not know how to shop). There's little discernible rhythm to the way the director moves between stories, and the end result seems like an experiment in feature storytelling - this is the first feature of director Tiago Lećo who only has a short as his prior credit at IMDb - that was provocative enough (the sex scenes are quite explicit) to get festival play and home video distribution.

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 26 November 2013 (USA)

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DVD Review: QC Cinema / Breaking Glass Pictures - Region 1 - NTSC

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QC Cinema / Breaking Glass Pictures

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:12:39
Video

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.5 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles English (burnt-in)
Features Release Information:
Studio: QC Cinema / Breaking Glass Pictures

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• 'A Day in the Life of Aitana' (16:9; 17:12)
• Photo Gallery
• Trailer (16:9; 2:12)
• Trailers for 'Peyote', 'Out in the Dark', and 'Aleskandr's Price'

DVD Release Date: 26 November 2013
Amaray

Chapters 14

 

Comments

Breaking Glass' single-layer DVD features a progressive, anamorphic transfer of this intentionally dark and gritty-looking film. Detail varies but is generally good in close-ups, and there does not seem to have been any added edge enhancement. Twenty-odd minutes into the film, the aspect ratio shifts to 1.45:1 for about thirty seconds (presumably an encoding anomaly). The Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo track is fine and I only noticed one spelling error in the otherwise good burnt-in subtitles. Extras include a featurette about the transvestite character Aitana including unsued footage, as well as a photo gallery and trailer.

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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