It's reductive to compare every well-photographed, movement-as-poetry indie to Malick, but this one is similar to Song to Song so who cares. It also makes me think that film is a masterclass, the way that it endows vacuity with genuine soul, whereas here it's at very least entitled if not outright air-headed. Sure the critique is inherent, but if you're this fucking pretty why would you care?
What Malick wanted to achieve over the last four or five years is in this film, the aching beauty and the emptiness of all. It feels really childish but beautiful, as true as can be and terribly artificial, fiction and documentary (stagged documentary ?), and it is all this at the same time, the vain, the worst and also the exquisite light of some moments. Polish youth, Grande Bellezza. Worth a try.
I often say that my favourite scene in a film is the party sequence, where the music gets loud, the visuals flowing and chaotic, where the story drops of for a sequence of sensual cinema. 'Sleepless Nights' is a feature length party scene. The music doesn't stop, it drives you through this dreamscape of youthful memories that cut together with visible seams but no real connective tissue.
This is a fantastic rendering of listless youth with over-comfortable lives and the deep longing for something unknown, that the world has yet to reveal. The cinematography is superbly fluid and perfectly matched to the incredible soundtrack. While nothing very much happens, by the end there is change and the culmination of all those sleepless nights begins to reveal itself. 4 stars.
(01. 07. 2017). i was seeing this film without subs in Poland when i don`t know even few polish words. but picture, actors, fabula. it was magic feeling to be a foreigner in full hall of people, to be young with young people who's watching on youth in the projector, to be someone another one from another all. just cup of coffee and falling down the screen. i need so to re-watch this.
Un retrato melancólico de la búsqueda del amor, centrada en un joven sentimental y complejo. Las imágenes y la música son hipnóticas. Creí ver en su estilo la influencia del Malick más reciente. Admito que me resisto a calificarla de cine documental. En todo caso, constituye una experiencia original.