The Sunlit Night is a life-affirming story that follows New Yorker Frances as she heads to Arctic Norway after her life hits rock bottom.
She's an aspiring painter restricted by both her cramped living conditions and her family's chaotic lives, including the eccentricity of her divorcing parents.
Leaving these complications behind for a summer of midnight sun, she jumps at the chance to assist a well-known artist whose recent shows have bombed - even if it is to paint a barn.
There she finds herself, a focus for her art as well as a mix of bizarre characters and romance. Jenny Slate as Frances is believable and charismatic as a down-on-her-luck Millennial. The actress and comedian famous for starring in Saturday Night Live and Kroll Show is likeable enough to make this a well above average film.
Eccentric characters and self discovery in Sunlit Night
Based on the acclaimed novel of the same name by Rebecca Dinerstein, Sunlit Night is a film that revels in art. It's at the heart of Frances' story and also used to visually connect the plot, using snapshots of famous paintings to accompany the quick-witted narration. Van Gogh, Da Vinci and more.
It interlinks Frances' endearing adventures with her gruff new Norwegian mentor, her discovery of the Viking village and friendship with a visiting fellow New Yorker, played by Alex Sharp.
Director David Wnendt maintains charm and wit throughout the movie, keeping a gentle pace that never loses momentum.
Sidelined to surprisingly brief roles are Gillian Anderson, of X Files fame, and Zach Galifianakis, from The Hangover. She's playing a no-nonsense Russian widow while he is a Viking chief whose really from Cincinnati.
Despite their small roles, they both make an impact but the screen belongs to Slate, and the remote beauty of Scandanavia in this wry, witty and enchanting movie.