93 minutes – Drama
Release date: May 5, 1995
Canadian distributor: Alliance Films
When Night is Falling is Patricia Rozema’s third feature and is a modern fable about a young Calvinist theology student (Pascale Bussières) who finds herself falling in love with another woman, a flamboyant circus performer (Crawford), a situation that makes her question her faith and her relationship with her boyfriend. Henry Czerny rounds out the fine cast as Bussières’s puzzled amour who is left behind by her new tryst. While the film won a certain lesbian following, it is essentially a fairly rudimentary coming-out story. It undoubtedly features some of the most erotic love scenes ever captured on Canadian celluloid and its overall serious mood is lightened by a touch of magic realism. – Essential Guide to Canadian Film.