When Night is Falling is a Canadian romantic drama featured around the beauty of a same sex relationship between a deeply religious woman and a free-spirited circus performer.
The film takes us through Camille Baker’s (Pascal Bussières) heartbreak, loss and inner turmoil as she struggles to make sense of her fascination with Petra (Rachel Crawford), a girl from the other side of the tracks.
Directed by Patricia Rozema, the two women first meet when Baker is crying in a Laundromat after finding out her dog has died. Petra, is immediately intrigued by Baker and tries to comfort her.
In an attempt to see Baker again after their intimate yet brief encounter, Petra intentionally mixes up their laundry, drawing Baker to the outskirts of town to where she is living with the circus.
Their second encounter reveals Petra’s intentions for the mix up and her attraction towards Baker. Ultimately surprised by her forwardness, Baker flees from Petra`s trailer.
Wanting to apologize for her forwardness, Petra tracks Baker down at her house and the encounter leads to the two kissing for the first time. Baker is a college teacher at a highly religious institute and is in a long-term relationship with another professor is conflicted with her feelings for Petra. The film continues on with Baker's struggle to balance her beliefs and her growing desires for a woman.
When Night is Falling is a love story that proves love has no bounds. It is a perfect movie to watch while spending time with your significant other, it’s a film that reaffirms the bonds that tie one another together.
This 1995 film has several sex scenes that captures the intimacy between two people and it maybe just the film to spark intimacy in your own love life this February.
Baker throughout this film, fights her attraction for a woman and in doing so sleeps with her male partner. The contrast between the love scenes with Petra, and Baker’s male lover illustrates the difference between sexual attraction and love.
Rozema does more than grasp the intimacy between lovers, she also grasps the struggle that same-sex relationships face from their community; and the battle with accepting who you really are and coming out.
Not only that but the film challenges the views of those who are afraid of the unknown and how humanly imperfect love is, no matter the shape or form that it comes in.