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J'AI PAS SOMMEIL 'I CAN'T SLEEP' (1993) - Slices of French Cinema

  • year. 1993
  • country. FRANCE
  • run-time. 110min
  • rating. N/A

£5.00 (£3.50 conc.)

Doors 7:00PM - Film 8:00PM

Courtesy of the Institut Français du Royaume-Uni

Yet a third fragment of French cinema, Claire Denis' J'ai pas Sommeil (I can't sleep): a modern 'film noir' which, like the rest of Claire Denis' body of work, is entrenched in the awareness and representation of the marginalization of the Other in French society, narratives of social and institutionalized inequality and displacement, and of self-contained worlds whose invisibility allows, to some extent, for a an independent existence.
J'ai pas sommeil revolves around the respective itineraries in Paris of Camille (Richard Courcet), a black, gay serial killer, and Daïga (Yekaterina Golubeva), a young Lithuanian woman seeking a new life in France. The storyline was inspired by the French serial killer case of Thierry Paulin, a young gay, HIV-positive transvestite, immigrant from Martinique, who, together with his lover, murdered 20 elderly women in the Parisian Montmartre neighbourhood between 1984 and 1987.