Juggling in Movies

When Night Is Falling (1995)

[Pascale Bussières, Rachael Crawford, Henry Czerny, David Fox, Don McKellar]

This lesbian drama tells the tale of Camille, who works at an uptight Protestant college as a professor of mythology. She has been going out with career theologian Martin for three years, but it appears her real true love is her dog, Bob. Bob dies in a tragic car accident and poor Camille is devastated. She is so upset that she grabs the wrong clothes from the laundromat. The clothes belong to the beautifully predatory Petra. Camille discovers the error and returns them to Petra's workplace, an avant-garde circus in an empty warehouse where Petra confesses that she switched them on purpose so she could seduce Camille. Camille demurs. Petra begins following her, and gets to kiss her in the lobby. Eventually the persistent Petra succeeds and the two become lovers. Later Camille comes clean to the Rev. DeBoer who is homophobic. Martin is away and the cats continue to play.

During the scene where Camille gets the courage to go visit Petra at the circus site, as she enters, Jonathan Seglins and Carl Schenk are juggling torches on tall unicycles. This lends an air of mystery and danger to the scene. Camille finds Petra working on a "juggling" routine. Her shadow is seen on a screen as she pretends to juggle spotlights. Unfortunately the spotlight operator only has two hands so she can only do two spotlights.


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