Sleepless Night

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Nuit blanche

“With this tightly paced nail-biter, Frédéric Jardin has made a film that’s surpassed its US counterparts by a country kilometer.” — David Fear, Time Out NY

Year: 2011
Country: France
Running time: 98 mins
Censor Rating: R18 - violence, sexual references

Producers: Marco Cherqui, Lauranne Bourrachot
Screenplay: Frédéric Jardin, Nicolas Saada, Olivier Douyère
Photography: Tom Stern
Editor: Christophe Pinel
Production designer: Hubert Pouille
Costume designer: Uli Simon
Sound: Christian Monheim
Music: Nicolas Errera, DJ Yenn, Ionic Benton, Artaban
In French with English subtitles

With: Tomer Sisley (Vincent), Julien Boisselier (Lacombe), Joey Starr (Feydek), Serge Riaboukine (Marciano), Laurent Stocker (Manuel), Lizzie Brocheré (Vignali), Samy Seghir (Thomas), Birol Ünel (Yilmaz), Dominique Bettenfeld (Alex), Adel Bencherif (Abel)

Festivals: Toronto 2011; Tribeca 2012

The latest French thriller to be handed the dubious compliment of a US remake, Sleepless Night makes deft play with an intricate set of double crosses and unleashes a torrent of action through the restaurants, kitchens, bathrooms, passageways and dance floors of a vast Parisian nightclub. To begin to describe the plot is to begin to throw out spoilers. Let’s just say a bent cop finds himself on the wrong side of a Corsican drug lord; a blameless teenager is held to ransom; and things become fatally complicated when the undercover squad moves in. — BG

“This French police thriller abounds in post-Woo/Tarantino action tropes… But Frédéric Jardin also brings a restless intelligence and disciplined glee to Sleepless Night that far surpasses its cinematic influences… Its bruising slapstick… multiple mistaken identities (and ethnicities), and well-developed characters accumulate into something uncommonly human for a shoot-‘em-up.” — Mark Holcomb, Village Voice

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