Good Time

North American Premiere
  • USA
  • 2017
  • 100 mins
  • English
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Hosted by Directors Ben and Josh Safdie and Actor Robert Pattinson

Official Selection: Cannes 2017 (Competition)

"[A] richly textured genre piece that packs a visceral charge in its restless widescreen visuals and adrenalizing music, which recalls the great mood-shaping movie scores of Tangerine Dream" - David Rooney, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

"Robert Pattinson hits a career high" - Guy Lodge, VARIETY

"The film’s title is meant to be sarcastic, but for the audience, GOOD TIME is an unforgettable ride" - Tim Grierson, SCREEN DAILY

Constantine “Connie” Nikkas (Robert Pattinson) isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed. But he’s full of love for his younger brother Nick (Ben Safdie). When a botched bank robbery lands him on Riker’s Island, Connie – cops still on his tail – becomes determined to break him out at all costs. The clock is ticking; it all begins with bail money Connie can’t obtain, and only gets worse from there, as the night takes many violent, unexpected detours. Connie’s all-nighter break-out attempt goes from bad, to worse, to irrevocably disastrous in a matter of a few twilight hours… And the night is still young…

A tense, nocturnal odyssey of poor decision-making that escalates to a nearly unbearable pitch, the Safdie brothers’ Cannes Competition sensation GOOD TIME is a high-wire exercise in intensity. Tipping their hats to the ’70s thriller (with influences ranging from early Michael Mann, to Scorsese’s AFTER HOURS, to William Friedkin’s SORCERER, and a hint of Harmony Korine’s SPRING BREAKERS), the Safdies’ new film also builds beautifully on their previous effort, HEAVEN KNOWS WHAT – here’s another maddeningly bleak vision of New York City’s underbelly, nonetheless beaming with humanity, and authenticity.

Shot on film, and lensed in neon colors and dizzyingly tight close-ups by master cinematographer Sean Price Williams (THIRST STREET, QUEEN OF EARTH); driven by a show-stopping, career-best performance from Pattinson; and pulsating to Oneothrix Point Never’s brilliant, Tangerine Dream-esque, score (which deservedly won Best Score on the Croisette), GOOD TIME is anything but – and we say that as the highest possible praise.

- Ariel Esteban Cayer

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