The Nocturne movie follows Juliet Lowe, played by Sydney Sweeney, who is a pianist living in her more talented twin sister’s shadow. Pressure and anxieties increase as both strive to be the best pianist they can possibly be. Some mystery and paranormal events begin to follow Juliet as she unravels and pulls teachers, mentors, and lovers into her attempt to out do her sister. This film was written and directed by Zu Quirke and released in 2020. Check out various screen facts below.
Part of an Anthology
Nocturne is an Amazon Prime Originals release. It is the fourth installment of the Welcome to Blumhouse film series. These films follow similar themes and are all thriller-horror stories but not continuations of each other, they are instead anthologies. All films in the series are developed by Blumhouse Productions for Amazon Prime. The first four movies, in order of release, are The Lie (2020), Black Box (2020), Evil Eye (2020), and Nocturne. Four more films are in production for the anthology, they are expected to be release in 2021. They will be titled: The Manor, Black as Night, Madres, and Bingo.
Nocturne is a traditional style of music composition inspired by and meant to explore the feelings and characteristics of the night. The title expresses the exploration of the darker elements of the prestigious and competitive world of classical music. The plot of the film uses twins to show the contrasting lighter and darker motivations of achievement between the pianists. It shows what someone is willing to do and how they are willing to behave to be the best and most recognized. Even referencing demonic and devilish elements in aiming for success or talent.
The film ends with the audience unsure of what really happened, leaving the choice to the viewer. In one scene Juliet gets everything she wanted and is proud of her achievements. In the other scene, she is dead and in her final moments smiles while living in the fantasy of what she believes she accomplished. Both scenes are shown at the end with sharp cuts and transitions, leaving it very ambiguous which ending is real. This style of ending also leaves room for a metaphorical self dying as the main character gets what she always wanted.
Zu Quirke is a writer and director from Britain. She wrote and directed short films in the UK. She landed production for Nocturne with Blumhouse making this film her directorial debut in feature films.
The movie follows Juliet and her breakdown, but a second character also has her own breakdown. Moira, played by Ji Eun Hwang, is a character who passes away and leaves a journal behind. This journal acts as the catalyst which leads Juliet through the film. Juliet essentially picks up where Moira left off, repeating a pattern that exist for artist and performers at the highest level. This pattern and exploration is also seen in films like Black Swan (2010) and Whiplash (2014).