A drug dealer with upscale clientele is having moral problems going about his daily deliveries. A reformed addict, he has never gotten over the wife that left him, and the couple that use him for deliveries worry about his mental well-being and his effectiveness at his job. Meanwhile someone is killing women in apparently drug-related incidents.
From the same director
Willem Dafoe (John LeTour), Susan Sarandon (Ann), Dana Delany (Marianne), David Clennon (Robert), Mary Beth Hurt (Teresa), Victor Garber (Tis), Jane Adams (Randi), Paul Jabara (Eddie), Robert Cicchini (Guidone), Sam Rockwell (Jealous), Rene Rivera (Manuel), David Spade (Theological Cokehead), Steven Posen (Hasid), Ken Ladd (Carlos), Brian Judge (Thomas), Vince Cupone (Young Cuban (as Vinny Capone)), Chris Northup (Retro Yuppie (as Christopher Todd Northup)), Paul Stocker (Maitre D'), Bernadette Jurkowski (French Girl), Tatiana von Furstenberg (French Girl), Francesca Bonicoli (Model #1), Elena Vannucci (Model #2), Jeff Telvi (Male Model), Jennifer Fowler (Woman at Bar), Gabrielle Stubbert (Woman at Bar), James Saxenmeyer (Bar Patron), Raymond Normandeau (Chef), Arcoiris Medina (Woman at Laundromat), Esteban Fernández (Concierge), Catherine L.A. Walker (Police Woman), Timothy Stickney (Young Dominican), Joey Gironda (Funeral Home Employee), Heather Rose Dominic (Crackhead), Paul Stockman Smith (Radio Announcer), Peter Macklin (Baseball Card Fan), Billy Joe Novinski (Baseball Card Fan), David Sukoff (Baseball Card Fan), Damian Corrente (Baseball Card Fan), Ronald Sylvers (Prison Guard), Daniel Margotta (Drug Dealer (uncredited))...
Paul Schrader (written by)
Paul Schrader is a director whose films should be seen more often. He is a man that never compromises and tackles adult themes with great panache, as he has amply demonstrated throughout his distinguished career. He was long associated with Martin Scorsese, but when he decided to go on his own, he showed his talent was there all the time.
Mr. Schrader's films have a sense of style that are not easily matched by many of today's filmmakers. He knows what seems to work, and what not. His movies show a sophistication, as we mere mortals, are invited to participate, even though we haven't received the invitation in the mail.
Most comments in this forum are excellent, so we won't even attempt to add anything that hasn't been said before. "Light Sleeper" is supposed to be one of Mr. Schrader's favorite films, and it's clear to see why. He has infused the film with characters that are easy to see why they are portrayed on the screen. Willem Dafoe is obviously an actor held in high esteem by Mr. Schrader. As John LaTour, Mr. Dafoe is at his most introspective self. His character shows a complexity that is hard to match.
The rest of the cast is excellent. Susan Sarandon is perfect as Ann. Dana Delaney is Marianne. Mary Beth Hurt, Victor Garber, Sam Rockwell, David Spade, are seen in supporting roles.
The great atmospheric music of Michael Been is heard in the background and it helps add another layer in the texture of the finished product. Edward Lachman does an amazing job with the way he photographed the film that includes a lot of night time scenes in Manhattan.
Take a look at the film, as Mr. Schrader will impress, even a casual viewer.
Traficantes (Argentina) • Безсъние (Bulgaria (Bulgarian title)) • O Dono da Noite (Brazil) • Posibilidad de escape (Spain) • Light Sleeper (Finland) • Nyhterines episkepseis (Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)) • Νυχτερινές Επισκέψεις (Greece) • Tihi spavac (Croatia) • Könnyű altató (Hungary) • Lo spacciatore (Italy) • Margines zycia (Poland) • Perigo Incerto (Portugal) • Noćobdija (Serbia) • Чуткий сон (Russia)
Rated R for strong language and drug content, and for violence and a scene of sensuality
Australia:M / Canada:14A / Finland:K-16 / France:16 / Germany:16 / Iceland:16 / Norway:15 / Portugal:M/16 / South Korea:18 / Spain:18 / United Kingdom:15 / United States:R
female frontal nudity, male nudity, jail, shootout, hotel, kill, ex girlfriend, hospital, fall to death, pistol, drugs, new york city, insomnia, drug dealing, wounded, call the police, henchmen, redemption, existentialism, suicide, obsession, diary, independent film
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