On a Magical Night

A Marital Christmas Carol. 

After being married for 20 years, Richard finds out that his wife, law professor Mari, has been having multiple affairs with younger men. He confronts her and they have a fight, during which she coldly affirms that no marriage lasts for this long if one does not have an affair. Once the argument stops, Maria leaves during the night and decides to stay at the hotel opposite their apartment, in room 212. Throughout the night, Maria is visited by the ghosts of Richard past: her husband in his twenties, her dozen past affairs, and her will personified as singer Charles Aznavour.

The way that ON A MAGICAL NIGHT’s narrative unfolds is original and entertaining. It is, in every sense, a clever representation of the human psyche. Maria’s dilemma is relatable on a universal level: who has not wondered about the meaning of love and its duration?

The film was first screened as part of the Un Certain Regard section of the 72nd Cannes Film Festival.




  • Program
  • Original title
    Chambre 212
  • Director
    Christophe Honoré
  • Producer
    Philippe Martin
  • Writers
    Christophe Honoré
  • Photo
    Olivier Bériot
  • Actors
    Chiara Mastroianni, Benjamin Biolay, Vincent Lacoste
  • Playtime
    1 h 26 min
  • Year
  • Country
  • Age limit
  • Production
    Les Films Pelléas, Bidibul Productions