The film 1-900-TONIGHT (which I understand was originally called simply 'Somewhere Tonight' - IMHO a more informative and less raunchy title) is a wonderful, subtle comedy of errors and manners which takes the isolation of the modern world, and spins an almost fairytale aura around the ways in which two lonely souls reach out to one another, and the trials and felicities of that journey. In these times when our privacy is invaded by surveillance cameras, and so many ersatz ways of contacting people are in (rather desperate?) vogue; whether it's the sex lines of this film's starting premise, Facebook, speed dating, chat forums or IM, this story restores one's faith in the power of intimacy (the human voice in all of its nuances) and human truth. The film is also very funny in a similar gentle vein, but does not shrink from the sometimes ugly face of tentative relationship building: sudden jealousies, petty insults, embarrassed silences, and moments of either poignant loneliness or stoic real-life 'get on with it' situations.
The performances from the two main characters are so finely shaded that we readily follow the fine back and forth between the two lovers in waiting; sometimes eager, sometimes stepping back; sometimes hesitant, sometimes with a burning intensity. Both actors - each given a goodly amount of screentime (though perhaps John Turturro has a more sympathetic role to get his teeth into?) - convince in their different ways, allowing a see-saw of emotions and expectations. Katherine Borowitz handles a potentially difficult persona with fine skill, and the 'couple' would not be out of place in a classic Woody Allen movie, though I feel like suggesting this film digs a little less superficially into love and loneliness than even Mr. Allen has.
Finally, the muted and co-ordinated color palettes of the various settings, and the subtly off-key framings show a craft and control rare in such intimate cinema, harking back to pre-video times where image quality and thoughfulness were prime considerations for filmmakers - not just plots and perhaps dialogues.
An unhesitating recommendation for this gem of a film by Michael di Jiacomo, please set aside an evening, invite a friend and enjoy a work which is classical in its modernity.