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.


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

    beyond worth watching

    for the sublime score,

    superb sound mixing/editing,

    serene soundtrack and crisp,

    captivating, casually courageous

    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 --

    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.

  • ★★★★½ review by Leo (Willem) van der Zanden 🔥⬇🏠 on Letterboxd

    Added to: 2016 Ranked & .n F.lm

    A film like this, a documentary of 21st-century youth adrift in a world of love and careless living, that is filled with such intense feelings and heartfelt intimacy, is a gift that we as simple viewers should treasure with all our might. All These Sleepless Nights isn't much of a story as it is a portrait, but then still a portrait can have a lot of story behind it. Following two twenty-something Polish guys as they roam the nightly city streets, high on drugs, alcohol and freedom, it shows a piece of our world that digs deeper into the brittleness of being young than most documentaries do these days. Its camera lives amongst them like it's a wandering soul itself, twirling on the beating music and swarming like a firefly in the dark nights. It lives on their skin and breaths in their tempo as a philosophical conversation starts, flows into a new-years eve party and drifts to a traffic jam dance. There isn't certainty in anything for these people. They live because they can and that may be the best thing yet. Their eyes are always wide open to see the beauty in their own, private little world and their arms are stretched to greet it dearly when love comes their way.

    While you may not agree with or fully understand their life's choices, you can wholeheartedly feel that they are meant to be as they are. And even if they don't know where they're going and the obstacles of life seem to be a bit too great to challenge, they'll push themselves forward and find a way to make it all work. Truly, the love in this film is so electric it felt as real as I have personally ever felt it. If only the worries of the world could be swept away as easily as fireworks could light up the sky... This film has some movie magic in it that can't be denied and can definitely never be matched again.

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