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Screening: I Can't Sleep, a film by Claire Denis

"I Can't Sleep" is set in Paris - a killer who preys on elderly women is on the loose. 
With that as the backdrop, we follow the adjacent stories of an immigrant family from Martinique and a young Lithuanian woman who just arrived in the city. 

This film does not linger on violence or fixate on plot points, rather it strives to create and maintain a tone for us to get lost in. It observes the day to day realities of each character, allowing quiet exchanges and body language take on an elevated importance. We become entranced in their routines and eventually forge a connection with these characters who are suffering from such a lack of it in their surrounding world. 

Claire Denis uses this view into private life to provide a warmth, but it is unstable. In the end we are left to reconcile this kinship with actions of each character - good or bad. It is a brave film that humanizes its characters, treating them with dignity regardless of the morality of their choices.

Earlier Event: June 8
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