There’s only one real problem with The Narrow Frame of Midnight, albeit a very big one, and it's the shattered chronology and storyline with which Hadid presents the drama. Disjointed multi-narratives work just fine—and they seem especially well-catered to the globe-trotting, border-crossing tale of universal human tragedy to which the film aspires—although The Narrow Frame of Midnight never lets the pieces of its puzzle come together in the same poetic fashion that multi-narrative films like Babel, Traffic, and (yes) Crash do. It’s admittedly unfair to compare a piece of world cinema to independent productions driven by major Hollywood talents and top-level stars, but The Narrow Frame of Midnight brings ample world cinema wattage with TheSquare’s Khalid Abdalla and Canada’s Marie-Josée Croze (The Barbarian Invasions) doing most of the grunt work. They hold the film together as best as they can—Croze is especially strong—and there’s only so much one can do with so many shards.
Rating: ★★½ (out of ★★★★★)
*Please note that the film will be presented in Arabic and French with French subtitles.*
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