Good Night | Good Morning is a conversation film in the tradition of Before Sunrise or Before Sunset but unlike Linklater’s films, this is an all-night phone call between two people who are geographically moving away from each other as the conversation brings them closer.
It’s a black and white talkie because old world romance still exists, no matter how different the world is today. Even if people spend more time with each other through technology than in person. It’s a film that attempts to rediscover this romance in the mobile, technology-driven world.
The girl is in transit at Hotel New Yorker because her flight is connecting flight is delayed on New Year’s Eve and the guy is driving back with his friends from New York to Philadelphia after a rather wild night out with buddies.
Through the phone call we learn they had met briefly at the bar that night and the boy calls girl egged on by his friends in the middle of the night.
In the course of the phone call, they go through all eight stages of romance. Five of these stages are narrated through short stories that provide visual relief from the talkie portions of the film.
The film is about letting go and starting fresh. It suggests that the most important part of any relationship is not how it begins but how the last one is laid to rest.
Both the protagonists at the beginning of the film have their own baggage. The girl’s travelling to take her mind off some unpleasant memories and the boy is yet to get over his eight-year old now-on
now-off relationship with his ex.
An all night phone call becomes a surreal, almost dream-like experience especially when you are in a foreign land where nobody knows you and if you are talking to a complete stranger. The limited validity of this adventure gives you the freedom to be who you want to be (because the next morning you are back on the flight to wherever you were destined to go) and the anonymity of companionship is comforting.
And such a situation could result in an unlikely romance. Or something like it.
Good Night | Good Morning, written, directed and produced by Sudhish Kamath, features Manu Narayan (Bombay Dreams, The Love Guru, The Last Airbender), Seema Rahmani (Loins of Punjab, Sins), Vasanth Santosham (Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain), Raja Sen (film critic and screenwriter) and Abhishek D Shah.