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Claire Denis

I Can’t Sleep

J’ai pas sommeil

An ensemble of characters cross paths, but is one of them the infamous ‘Granny Killer’?

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France-Germany-Switzerland 1994
Dir Claire Denis
With Yekaterina Golubeva, Richard Courcet, Alex Descas, Béatrice Dalle
English subtitles

This rarely-screened early Denis film exemplifies her preoccupation with how banal violence can sit within sympathetic, sometimes graceful people. Set in Paris, the story is driven by an ensemble of characters who are all connected, including a beautiful Lithuanian immigrant, a struggling musician and a transvestite dancer. And one of them might be the serial ‘Granny Killer’...


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