When Night Is Falling

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When Night is Falling
When Night Is Falling poster.jpg
Directed by Patricia Rozema
Produced by Barbara Tranter
Written by Patricia Rozema
Starring Pascale Bussières
Rachael Crawford
Music by Lesley Barber
Cinematography Douglas Koch
Edited by Susan Shipton
Release dates
  • May 5, 1996 (1996-05-05)
Running time
94 minutes
Country Canada
Language English

When Night is Falling is a 1995 Canadian drama film directed by Patricia Rozema. It was entered into the 45th Berlin International Film Festival.[1]


The film stars Pascale Bussières as Camille Baker, a university literature professor at a religious college struggling with both her tenure-track career and her troubled relationship with fellow professor Martin (Henry Czerny). When a carnival subsequently comes to town, Camille is confused by her unexpected lesbian attraction to Petra (Rachael Crawford), a sexy, free-spirited circus performer.

The cast also includes Don McKellar, Clare Coulter, Tracy Wright and Tom Melissis.

MPAA rating[edit]

When Night is Falling was given the NC-17 rating by the MPAA, though it surrendered the rating; it was then released with no rating. The film was later released onto video with two versions: the original unrated version, and an R rated cut. The film makers appealed the NC-17 rating because of the highly negative stigma associated with NC-17 rated films, and because the NC-17 restricts the distribution and actual sales of such movies. The appeal, however, was declined, so When Night is Falling was released unrated.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

When Night is Falling received mixed reviews: Siskel & Ebert didn't like the film too well and gave negative reviews;[3] and the Rotten Tomatoes scale for When Night is Falling did not go higher than 50% [4]


  1. ^ "Berlinale: 1995 Programme". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2012-01-01. 
  2. ^ "When Night is Falling". LA Times. Retrieved September 14, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Siskel & Ebert at the Movies=Week of November 18, 1995". Siskel & Ebert. Retrieved June 7, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Rotten Tomatoes review of When Night is Falling". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved June 7, 2009. 

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