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Light Sleeper

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Original title
Light Sleeper
Running time
103 min.
United States United States
Paul Schrader
Michael Been
Edward Lachman
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Seven Arts
Drama | Drugs
Synopsis / Plot
John LeTour (Dafoe) is a 40-year-old drug dealer whose drifting existence is thrown into crisis when his boss Ann (Sarandon) decides to retire. He encounters his ex-lover (Delany), by chance, which leads to his involvement in a murder case concerning a dead girl who is found in possession of cocaine indirectly linked to LeTour.

Schrader has described the film as a "man and his room" story like American Gigolo and his most famous screenplay, Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver, and in this case his character dealing with anxiety over his life and the external forces that threaten it. The insomniac LeTour spends his nights writing a journal, but whenever he comes to the end of a volume he simply throws the notebook away. Light Sleeper also shares with American Gigolo an ending patterned after Robert Bresson's Pickpocket in which the imprisoned hero is shown contemplating a new and hopefully better existence.
1992: Berlin Film Festival: Official Selection
1992: Independent Spirit Awards: Nom. for Best Screenplay and Cinematography
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