You know right from the start that When Night Is Falling isn't going to be the uplifting tale that you might have thought it would be, as it cuts quickly from a bizarre underwater dream to a scene in which the main character, Camille (Pascale Bussières), discovers her dog has died.

Patricia Rozema's odd melodrama tells Camille's story. A Calvinist professor at a Christian college, she is on the fast track to a position as co-Chaplain of the university along with her conservative boyfriend Martin (Henry Czerny). Suddenly, circus performance artist Petra (Rachael Crawford) comes into her life, and everything changes. Petra is almost obsessively infatuated with Camille, and the once-traditionalist Camille very quickly finds herself developing an inexplicable attraction for Petra.

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