I Can’t Sleep (J’ai pas sommeil)

I Can’t Sleep (J’ai pas sommeil)

This is an image of contemporary urban living as experienced by a city’s most peripheral citizens. The three main characters are immigrants in Paris eking out a living. Although the context is a real-life Parisian crime wave, Denis avoids the trappings of genre.  She is more concerned with exploring the isolation and power struggles of immigrants in a multi-racial culture and a seemingly ordinary world where the menacing and benign wear similar masks.

Print courtesy Ambassade de France /  Institut Français

I Can’t Sleep (J’ai pas sommeil)

It makes sense in french!

  • Director: Claire Denis
  • Year: 1994
  • Run Time: 110mins
  • Format: 35mm
  • Country: France/Germany/Switzerland
  • Rating: R