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      I Can't Sleep

      Released Aug 11, 1994 1 hr. 50 min. Drama List
      64% 11 Reviews Tomatometer 76% 500+ Ratings Audience Score In 1980s Paris, a series of murders captures public attention. Meanwhile, the gorgeous Daiga (Yekaterina Golubeva) moves from Lithuania to Paris, immigrant musician Theo (Alex Descas) struggles to raise his young son, and Theo's brother, a gay transvestite named Camille (Richard Courcet), sings and dances in a cabaret for a living. All three grapple with isolation and the problems of modern living, but one of them could be so desperately alienated that they have a hand in the serial murders. Read More Read Less

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      Audience Member Early film from Claire Denis that looks great with a nuanced use of the right colors and Paris. You can see her kinship with Jarmusch and with Wenders (both of whom she worked with as assistant director). The plot brings a few characters together in Montmartre but doesn't necessarily give them anything to do - we catch them in a moment of being. Or perhaps it is a moment of "unbeing" as no one seems particularly satisfied with where they are at and instead they are dreaming (without sleeping, I guess) about something different. Of course no one's life is free from influence by their context and the general social and economic order imposes a toughness on the lives of those here. Eventually another context (an ongoing serial killer of old women) joins with the rest of the plot and these characters, telling us more about why we have been following them, but it plays as an afterthought. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member Claire Denis, je t'aime Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Audience Member Sparse, poetic and haunting. If you don't like foreign film or independent cinema steer way clear of this. If you're not afraid of using your mind and encountering something that hasn't been hatched by a money hungry studio check this out. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review Audience Member Con esta última entrega de la trilogía, Denis no se va sin dejarnos con un buen numero de escenas de su característico estilo observacional, y es aquí, aparte de su presentación no formulaica, donde radica el interà (C)s de la cinta ya que el resultado final, en contraste con sus dos previas cintas, como que no cuaja completamente. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Audience Member Bajo la persistente trivialidad de esta película hay una poderosa fuerza expresiva que llega a fascinar. El cine elíptico de Claire Denis requiere de atención a los detalles y de una actitud contempladora muy serena puesto que su atractivo no depende de una intriga tradicional. La identidad del asesino es evidente una hora antes del final y el crimen se presenta en toda su horrible banalidad. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review Audience Member (*** 1/2): Thumbs Up Claire Denis is one of the greatest filmmakers of all time and this is yet another very good film in her cannon. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/18/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly Rated: A- Sep 7, 2011 Full Review Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle Rated: 4.5/5 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review James Berardinelli ReelViews Rated: 2.5/4 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Shannon Gramas Spectrum Culture I Cant Sleep is a film that grows in the mind. On initial viewing, the film may seem disjointed, disconnected, haphazard. But with repeated, careful attention, Denis project becomes, if not exactly clear, then fuzzy-with-a-purpose. Apr 29, 2022 Full Review Jas Keimig The Stranger (Seattle, WA) ...to be honest, this Claire Denis feature is a bit of a slog... Dec 8, 2021 Full Review David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor Directed by Claire Denis with so much tact and circumspection that the story runs short of dramatic and emotional power. Rated: 2/4 Mar 29, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis In 1980s Paris, a series of murders captures public attention. Meanwhile, the gorgeous Daiga (Yekaterina Golubeva) moves from Lithuania to Paris, immigrant musician Theo (Alex Descas) struggles to raise his young son, and Theo's brother, a gay transvestite named Camille (Richard Courcet), sings and dances in a cabaret for a living. All three grapple with isolation and the problems of modern living, but one of them could be so desperately alienated that they have a hand in the serial murders.
      Director
      Claire Denis
      Screenwriter
      Claire Denis
      Distributor
      New Yorker Films
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      French (Canada)
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Aug 11, 1994, Original
      Release Date (DVD)
      Mar 1, 2007
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $13.3K