Inspired by a real-life experience of author Armistead Maupin (on whose book the film is based) THE NIGHT LISTENER is a dark drama that derives its strengths as much from the places it doesnt go as the places it does. Spare and tense it tells the story of Gabriel Noone (Robin Williams) a storyteller with a national late-night radio show. Gay and recovering from a break-up with his much younger lover Jess (Bobby Cannavale) Gabriel is experiencing writers block. His life takes on a strange new wrinkle though when a literary agent (Joe Morton) passes on a manuscript hes received from a young fan of Gabriels--an AIDS-stricken 14-year-old boy Pete (Rory Culkin) who has written a detailed account of the prolonged sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of his parents and their friends. Gabriel develops a friendly phone relationship with the boy but soon senses that something is unusual about Pete and his caretaker Donna (Toni Collette) and ventures to Wisconsin to figure out exactly whats going on. br/ br/ With its pure and streamlined narrative THE NIGHT LISTENER sidesteps the showy pitfalls that derail many modern thrillers. Fuelled by subdued performances from Williams whose manic energy is all but invisible and Collette whose chameleon-like brilliance has never been more in evidence the film has obvious echoes of Hitchcock as well as strange parallels to 2005s JT LeRoy literary scandal. Once Noone arrives in Wisconsin an all-enveloping sense of unease starts in on a slow burn and remote locations are used to great effect. Williams has a scene in a hospital that couldnt be further from PATCH ADAMS and by the quiet conclusion you will be wondering if maybe you should be a little less trustful of strangers especially if theyre big fans of your work.
Trailer, Interviews with Robin Williams, Patrick Stenner and Armistead Maupin
Release Date: 16 April 2007
Certificate: 15 - Suitable for Persons Aged 15 or Over
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Anamorphic Wide Screen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 78 minutes
Production Year: 2006
Main Language: English
Hearing Impaired Languages: English
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