Short Film: “Nuit Blanche” Mixes Romance with Matrix-Style Visuals

If you’ve ever had doubts about the impact of videogame aesthetics on contemporary cinema — not just action movies, but video and independent film as well — this romantic short from Spy Films might well dispel them. The plot is basic: A man and a woman lock eyes in the street, and dream of what might have been, while sweet notes fill the air. But director and cinematographer Arev Manoukian updates the familiar story with a compelling visual style which seems inspired by equal parts Matrix trilogy and PlayStation 3. For more information about the special effects, there’s a “making of” video for your viewing.

Francophones/francophiles of more luddite tendencies might find themselves immediately rushing to play Georges Brassens’ ode to ephemeral street romance, “Les Passantes.” We strongly encourage you to do so, preferably at sunset, while sipping a hot cup of longing-infused tea.

Sheerly Avni is a San Francisco-based arts and culture writer. Her work has appeared in Salon, LA Weekly, Mother Jones, and many other publications. You can follow her on twitter at @sheerly.

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