(Quand je ne dors pas) The neo-Nouvelle Vague “Sleepless Night In Paris” is Andrew Bujalski-meets-Leos Carax by way of François Truffaut’s “The 400 Blows,” Tommy Weber’s nocturnal black-and-white streets-of-Paris debut feature. (The title is drawn from a Petula Clark song, “The Night is Endless.”) Scrappy, hardly-old-enough-to-shave Antoine (Aurélien Gabrielli) doesn’t have the money for a train ticket, so he spends the night ahead trying to scrape up the euros he needs. Some encounters are rote for a young romantic male hero (especially a French one), others alive to the moment, tickling toward poetry, and the silken cinematography swaddles all. It’s a sweet, modest breath. With Elise Lhomeau, Hortense Gélinet, Jacques Weber, Stanley Weber, Antoine Reinartz, Mohamed Kerriche. 82m. (Ray Pride)
“Sleepless Night In Paris” is a U.S. premiere and opens Friday, July 15 at Facets.
Ray Pride is Newcity’s film critic and a contributing editor to Filmmaker magazine.
His history of Chicago “Ghost Signs” in words and images will be published in Spring 2022.