Directed by Marco Bellocchio, starring Maya Sansa, Robert Herlitzka, Luigi Lo Cascio, Giovanni Calcagno, Pier Giorgio Bellocchio and Paulo Briguglia.
Marco Bellocchio's tale of the nature of imprisonment and the diversity of individuality within extremist groups is a tense drama that raises interesting points about seemingly opposite ideologies.
Chiara (Sansa) and Ernesto (Bellocchio) appear to be a young married couple, viewing an apartment. But while Chiara distracts the agent, Ernesto sizes up a small room at the back of the flat. The room becomes a cell in which Chiara, Ernesto and other members of terrorist group the Red Brigade hide Italy's former Prime Minister Aldo Moro (Herlitzka) after they kidnap him.
Moro, the leader of the Christian Democrats, was kidnapped and executed by the Red Brigade in 1978. Bellocchio's tale imagines a woman as one of the terrorists and explores the opposition between her loyalty to the cause and her sense of humanity. Chiara experiences a series of ghostly visions and dreams, based on her past and parallels in political history, which prompt her to question the validity of what the Red Brigade is doing.
The film is well researched, making use of Moro's own writings and letters to his family and friends. This turbulent time in Italy's history is dealt with in a way in which the key points emerge; Moro's becoming a scapegoat and the refusal of the Vatican to negotiate for his release, for example.
Where the movie shines is in its exploration of the terrorists and their interaction with Moro. Their mutual respect and their attempt to understand each other's position are the more memorable elements of the film. Equally perceptive is Chiara's gradual awakening to the hypocrisy and pointlessness of her cause.
Unfortunately though, Chiara's struggle is not as convincing as it could be and the central premise has been done before. 'Good Morning, Night' is an interesting movie, but it ultimately doesn't tell us anything new.