I Can't Sleep

A FILM BY Claire Denis

Sensational... A rich and startling noir that manages to evoke Wenders and Jarmusch at the same time as Chabrol and Hitchcock.
-George Brown, VILLAGE VOICE
Daring and original!
One of the best films of the year!
-Kathleen Murphy, FILM COMMENT
Claire Denis has become one of the great directors of our time.


France is afraid! A "granny killer" is loose in Paris, inciting fear and havoc amongst its residents. Based on the true story of Thierry Paulin who, with his male lover, murdered over twenty elderly women in the eighties, I Can't Sleep is an eerily atmospheric noir of contemporary urban alienation. A series of characters haunt the nights of Paris. Daiga, an aspiring Lithuanian actress unaware of the newspaper headlines due to a language barrier; Theo, a moody musician and carpenter from Martinique who longs to return to the safety of his homeland with his wife and son; his brother Camille, a beautiful drag queen who seductively performs at local nightclubs. Director Claire Denis (Chocolat) navigates through a dozen characters who have little in common except location. Their lives briefly intersect and just as quickly separate. A disturbing portrait of dislocation and arbitrary violence, it "will make you look differently at people on the street." (Amy Taubin, Village Voice)

Original Languages: French
Genre: Drama, World Cinema
Running Time: 110 min.
Year: 1994


Alex Descas
Katerina Golubeva
Richard Courcet
Claire Denis