50 Film August – 43: Gardens Of The Night (2008)


Gardens of the Night is a slow-paced drama tackling the dark subjects of child abduction and homelessness. The story is in two halves the first following a young child who is abducted and the second showing how she copes with the trauma in later life.

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The first half of the film is extremely interesting and very carefully measured… whilst it doesn’t put on gloss on its subject matter it doesn’t hide away from it either and contains some brutal imagery and content. It is an extremely uncomfortable experience that is epitomized by a great performance by Tom Arnold as the obsessive abductor.

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The second half of the film is a little disappointing as it fails to build on the intense mood and reverts to an almost standardized view on homelessness which although still dramatic is not as intriguing as the first half and seems to drag.


The film raises valid points about child abduction and sexual abuse and I am glad it was made to bring the issues to a wider audience.

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Story – 4/5

Style – 3/5

Technical – 3/5

Enjoyment – 4/5

Total – 14/20 = 7/10