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Good Time

Connie Nikas is planning a bank robbery with his mentally disabled brother Nick. When Nick is arrested, Connie only has a few hours to get 10,000 dollar for his bond. Gritty, fast, dark, and incredibly tense.


It‘s an ice cold winter in New York City. Connie Nikas (Robert Pattinson) sees his shot at going big. He plans a bank robbery with his mentally disabled brother Nick (Benny Safdie). They want to leave NYC forever with the money and head for Virginia. Everything goes according to plan at first, but their escape fails and Nick is arrested. Connie only has a few hours to get 10,000 dollar for his bond. After that plan goes up in smoke as well, there‘s only one thing that matters: his brother has to get out of jail, no matter how. Does that sound hectic? I can‘t write as breathlessly as GOOD TIME is shot. Director brothers Josh and Benny Safdie have made one of the most thrilling films of the year with their urban gangster film: the camera is always up close. The grittiness and darkness keeps intensifying in a web of violence, kidnapping, and drugs. The formidable, spherical, and unwieldy soundtrack features Daniel Lopatin, better known as Oneohtrix Point Never. Robert Pattinson has a convincing screen presence in all his gaunt restlessness: in moments of danger Connie acts in quick, almost imperceptible motions. GOOD TIME is also exactingly edited in all its dirty glory. Small details give the film an added edge: a sprite bottle becomes a pandoras box, for example. GOOD TIME received a six minute standing ovation at Cannes. It is perplexing and doesn‘t leave any time for thought – a real experience.

Johannes Bluth

Translation: Elinor Lewy


USA 2017, 95 min
Genre: Drama, Crime Drama
Director: Joshua Safdie, Benny Safdie
Author: Joshua Safdie, Ronald Bronstein
DOP: Sean Price Williams
Distributor: Temperclayfilm
Cast: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Robert Pattinson, Barkhad Abdi, Benny Safdie
FSK: 12
Release: 02.11.2017




  • OV Original version
  • OmU Original with German subtitles
  • OmeU Original with English subtitles

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