Indulge in a Los Angeles night of erratic sex comedy with Taylor Schilling and Adam Scott.
The Overnight with a motto of unpredictability and opportunity begins as Kurt portrayed by Jason Schwartzman, stumbles upon the recently relocated couple Alex and Emily played by Adam Scott and Taylor Schilling, at a playground with their son. Kurt lures them under false pretenses for a dinner with both their children at his illustrious house with his wife Charlotte — a role taken up by Judith Godrèche. However, after the children are asleep the night progresses into more of a freeing sexual “French” vibe and as hot tub drugs and alcohol take the place dinner of Alex and Emily begin to wonder about this strangely sexual couples true intentions.
At 80 minutes and shot over eleven nights the film feels like a dazed sitcom with the premise constantly spinning out of control, leaving the viewer all but lost as they attempt to guess each of the characters intentions for one another. While different in story, the film contains a similar feel to that of ‘The One I Love’ and those that recognise that might be holding out for a sudden twist but chances are that you missed all of the under the radar tangents giving your a hint at where the story is heading. On the other hand those viewers that haven’t seen a Duplass Brothers film before might feel slight unsatisfied by the film’s conclusion, which is far from being wrapped in neatly tied bow. However, the feature also has something else in common with the Duplass Brothers other films, which is no matter how you feel about the film as a whole it will have you laughing from beginning to end.
Writer and director Patrick Brice uniquely alienates the audience gradually throughout the feature by invoking a sense of strangeness using a unique series of lighting techniques coupled with a bright and oversaturated color palette. The Overnight is also quite a verticle leap from the style of Brice’s last movie horror comedy ‘Creep’, which also screened at the South by Southwest film festival and is possibly the difference of Patrick working with a complete script compared to the ten page outline from which ‘Creep’ originates.
In spite of the films alienating plot the performances provided by the cast do an astounding job of making it all seem to be just on the outskirts of normal, mostly by layering one sexual absurdity on top of another. Additionally while Taylor Schilling and Adam Scott may be common place in roles on television, this is still amongst their first couple of leading roles in feature films and they both perform sensationally.
The film produced by the Duplass Brothers, has been on the festival circuit for the first half of this year. Amongst others the film has to date has screened at Sundance, South by Southwest, Tribeca and San Francisco and putting aside the fact that the film is yet to collect any festival awards, the film is a possible contender for the Independent Spirit Awards next year.
Brice’s ‘The Overnight’ is undoubtedly a comedy you will want to indulge yourselves in, especially if you enjoyed the Duplass Brothers’ last production ‘The One I Love’. Also if you just can’t wait till the release date rolls around, prior to making its way into theaters the film is scheduled to be screened at the Los Angeles, Nantucket and Edinburgh Film Festivals.
Production Company: Duplass Brothers Productions, Gettin’ Rad Productions | Cast: Adam Scott, Taylor Schilling, Jason Schwartzman, Judith Godrèche | US Distribution: The Orchard | Runtime: 80 minutes
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Editor-in-Chief of Tastic Film Magazine James Rush.