All These Sleepless Nights

What does it mean to be awake in a world that seems satisfied to be asleep? Kris and Michal push their experiences of life and love to a breaking point as they restlessly roam the city streets in search of answers, adrift in the euphoria and uncertainty of youth.

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  • ★★★★ review by davidehrlich on Letterboxd

    It would be reductive and unfair to say that Michal Marczak’s “All These Sleepless Nights” is the film that Terrence Malick has been trying to make for the last 10 years, but it certainly feels that way while you’re watching it. A mesmeric, free-floating odyssey that wends its way through a hazy year in the molten lives of two Polish twentysomethings, this unclassifiable wonder obscures the divide between fiction and documentary until the distinction is ultimately irrelevant, using the raw material of real life to create a richer story of drift and becoming than “Song to Song” could ever manufacture from oblivious celebrities trying to find their characters between the notes.

    Unfolding like a plotless reality show that was shot by Emmanuel Lubezki, this lucid dream of a movie paints an unmoored portrait of a city in the throes of an orgastic reawakening. From the opening images of fireworks exploding over downtown Warsaw, to the stunning final glimpse of Marczak’s main subject — Krzysztof Baginski (playing himself, as everyone does), who looks and moves like a young Baryshnikov — twirling between an endless row of stopped cars during the middle of a massive traffic jam, the film is high on the spirit of liberation.

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  • ★★★★★ review by Eli Hayes on Letterboxd

    beyond worth watching

    for the sublime score,

    superb sound mixing/editing,

    serene soundtrack and crisp,

    captivating, casually courageous

    cinematography
    alone; a mindfully

    meandering, sonic-imagistic spectacle

    of pure, hyper-viscerally felt sensation;

    an experiential, emotionally

    exalted enormity of a film...

    && my one of my fav scenes in the

    movie features Kendrick mf Lamar's

    "Swimming Pools," so, yeah, more

    from this talented director/DP duo --

    best ending of 2017 next

    to Terrence Malick's S2S.

  • ★★★★★ review by Eli Hayes on Letterboxd

    watched with a group of friends

    from 3-5AM whilst sipping wine,

    smokin' bowls o' bud + vaping

    blueberry CBD oil (aha), aka the very

    most appropriate way to experience a

    thematically linked film titled as such.

    oh, and guys, this film is much more

    Hansen-Løve than it is Terry Malick.

  • ★★★★★ review by Eli Hayes on Letterboxd

    Some of the very,

    very best camerawork

    and soundscaping/mixing

    of the last, say, five years or so

    & those are only two of many assets.

  • ★★★★★ review by Andre de Nervaux on Letterboxd

    " You know what's amazing?

    When you sleep next to someone and alter your breath to match theirs"

    I've been excited about this film for about 9months, I've tried to change my IP address to watch it, I've tried paying on random sites just to see it, I've probably told every person I know how much I want to see it. For all that was it worth it?

    Yes.

    Probably the best observation of adolescence, being young having fun.

    Friendship

    Love

    Everything you feel during late adolescence.

    It's a viewing of the time where you are finding your identity you are finding who you are, what you like what you enjoy, rather than teenage life, the inbetween where you are 17-21 where you are kind of a adult? But kind of not?

    Therefore you are kind of floating around the world looking for yourself, this film follows 2 friends wondering around looking for life, dancing enjoying themselves, it shows how they grow through relationships and friendships and which areas they float into.

    These years are rarely observed in cinema and shown in a beautiful way, and this film expresses those areas in such a fantastic way.

    It's been a couple of hours and I've slept. And I'm now watching it again.

    It succeed my expectations.

    Amazing.

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