Light Sleeper (1991) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski) and Tuna
thumbs sorta in the middle somewhere, tending toward upward.
Scoop's comments in white:
Willem Dafoe plays a drug dealer with style and panache, and no habit. He only provides in-call, to the very rich. (He's just the delivery boy, actually, for the upscale drug kingpin, or rather queenpin, Susan Sarandon)
Dana Delany is his former lover who wants him to stay away from her at all costs. We are led to think it is because she has moved on to a good new life away from dope dealers, but it turns out she has a dark secret to keep from him. There's also a murder mystery in there somewhere, and a psychic, and ... and it's a disappointingly draggy movie, with very little edge or suspense, considering the talent involved (Susan Sarandon, Dafoe, Delany, and director Paul Schrader).
It's not a bad movie, really, and it's performed well, but it's mostly about Dafoe and Sarandon planning a life after drug dealing. Sarandon wants to start a line of natural cosmetics. Sounds interesting, eh? You'd expect more from Shrader, the author of such cinema classics as Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, and the Last Temptation of Christ. Of course, in all three of those cases, Schrader's script was brought to life by a certain diminutive genius named Scorsese. Schrader's best films as a director are probably this film, Blue Collar, Hardcore and The Comfort of Strangers, all of which are far below the quality of the Scorsese collaborations.
|Although the flick is OK and worth a look if your kind of movie, I recommend against buying the DVD which has virtually no features, no widescreen version, and a mediocre 4:3 transfer.||
comments in yellow
Light Sleeper (1991) is written and directed by Paul Schrader, and is the
third in a trilogy of his writings, after Taxi Driver and American Gigolo. All
three are about disenfranchised, lonely men, trying to overcome their past and
escape loneliness. Willem Dafoe gives a gripping performance as an aging ex
addict, who has stopped using, but still deals because that is the only job he
knows. He works for Susan Sarandon, who sells to up-scale New Yorkers, but
dreams of retiring and opening a cosmetic company.
Dafoe runs into an old girlfriend from his junkie days, Dana Delany, who is
clean and sober, and is visiting her mother in a hospital. It is clear that she
never got over him, but she fears that he would lead her back to addiction. They
end up in bed once in a hot, but not very explicit scene.
Performances by Dafoe and Sarandon stand out in what is a very well-acted film.
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