WHEN NIGHT IS FALLING (1995)

dir. Patricia Rozema. Theology professor Camille (Pascale Bussières) falls in love with a beautiful performance artist in a travelling circus, Petra (Rachael Crawford), causing Camille to question her religious academic career, and relationship with her male partner, Martin (Henry Czerny). I loved this movie, the two female leads are delightful, and have real chemistry. The intimate scenes are white hot. The contemporary circus performances are wonderful, especially the absurdist ballgown and hot iron performance. The occasional slow motion effects make it feel a little dated, but it’s still incredibly watchable. Director Patricia Rozema would later go on to make the charming Jane Austen adaptation, MANSFIELD PARK (1999). Make sure you watch all the way to the end of the credits. I’m reliably told that this movie falls into the genre of ‘popular with lesbians in the 1990s’, and I can see why.