SLEEPLESS NIGHT

France / Belgium / Luxembourg, 2011 (MIFF 2012, International Panorama)

Director: Frédéric Jardin

"Ultra-intense… Jardin might've taken his cue from an illegal stimulant, so speedy is the pace from the get-go." - Variety

Vincent appears to be a committed family man, but scratch the surface and there's a darker side to this cop's life. He has a huge quantity of stolen cocaine, which has landed him in a web of shady dealings and shadier characters. Over the course of one relentless night in a sprawling club, he must return the stash and save his son from murderous kidnappers.

This taut thriller from Frédéric Jardin made waves on the festival circuit - so much so that there is already an American remake in the works - and with the film's dizzying cinematography, magnetic performances and never-let-up pace it's set to enthral audiences worldwide.

“The mind reels thinking just how damn well this is executed.” - Twitch

D Frédéric Jardin P Marco Cherqui, David Grumbach, Jean-Jacques Neira S Nicolas Saada, Olivier Douyère Dist Vendetta Films L French w/English subtitles TD DCP/2011


See also...

MOONRISE KINGDOM

Wes Anderson returns with a tale of inclement weather, off-kilter community and (very) young love. ... It's the 1960s and on a small island off the coast of New England, eccentric 12-year-olds Sam and... More »

TYRANNOSAUR

"An intense exploration of the corrosive effects of human violence." - Hollywood Reporter ... A drunk and washed-up excuse for a man, Joseph (Peter Mullan, director of Neds, MIFF 2011) vents his anger... More »

THE GUARD

"Scabrous, profane, violent, verbally adroit and often hilarious." - Hollywood Reporter ... The buddy cop genre gets an Irish reworking in The Guard, the gleefully chaotic debut feature from writer-di... More »

FAUST

“Good doesn't exist, but evil does.” ... Goethe's version of the Faust legend gets a dense and idiosyncratic reinterpretation at the hands of Russian master Aleksander Sokurov (Russian Ark) ... Soaked... More »

LOW LIFE

“From Cocteau to Garrel, there's long been an intensely oneiric strain to French cinéma fantastique, of which Low Life is a powerful example.” - Film Comment ... Set in present-day Lyon, Low Life foll... More »

JESS + MOSS

The preciousness of youth and all of its disasters. ... Jess, 18, and Moss, 12, spend a lazy summer together on a derelict farm in rural Kentucky. With their families strangely absent, the pair occupy... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director