Willem Dafoe plays John LeTour, a recovering drug addict who still deals to a high-end New York clientele maintained by boss Susan Sarandon, who’s looking to move on from the business. John’s professional midlife crisis becomes something more acute—and dangerous—when he re-encounters an old flame.
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Being a huge fan of Taxi Driver, why did it take me 15 years to watch this and check out Schrader's directorial output? It's got the same claustrophobic view on life, but there's still that redeeming light at the end.
Trash, trash everywhere: sidewalks filled with rubbish, sanitation is on leave and "Someday a real rain will come and wash all this scum off the streets". In a sense, Light Sleeper is overtly and proudly trashy as well: the redemption story is unconvincing, the soundtrack is truly atrocious, almost comical, the ending is beyond campy, the characters are walking cliches... And yet, it's a must see.
Willem Dafoe gives a knockout performance as a sensitive coke dealer and Susan Sarandan is as badass as ever here. Their chemistry is so great in this film it just comes off as natural. Schrader weaves another dark urban morality tale that is reminiscent of his best works. The only place this film falls short is its godawful music, the lyrics of the songs feel like an after school special meets Springsteen.
Oh yeah. Slow jazz sax, baby.
This movie is a great example of Schrader using tone to create the story. It is lighting, it is music, it is dialogue... all combining to flush out this '90s esthetic and embody the action of this film. Schrader just proves to be a master of style here. Great stuff.
Not a perfect film... it could stand to be more gritty at times... but a satisfying one.
Tout ici est vraiment consternant de fadeur et de nullité : un scénario quelque peu bancal, des dialogues hilarants à force de ridicule, une interprétation cabotine et une mise en scène lourdement emphatique, commise par un réalisateur introuvable... www.cinefiches.com