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Light Sleeper

Directed by: Paul Schrader | 1992 | 1h 48m | Rated R

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O Cinema South Beach

1130 Washington Ave, Miami Beach (786) 471-3269

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• General Admission – $10.00
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• General Admission – $25.00 + Free Small Popcorn
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Willem Dafoe is a celebrated actor with a career spanning over four decades. In that time, he has captivated audiences with his exceptional range, versatility, and emotional depth. His chameleon-like ability to embody diverse roles, from villains to heroes, has allowed him to work across various genres and with numerous acclaimed directors. Dafoe’s commitment to fully understanding his characters, combined with his dedication to physical transformations and intense preparation, elevates his performances to extraordinary levels. His collaborative spirit and strong work ethic make him a generous and valued partner on set, while his longevity and consistency in delivering powerful performances have solidified his standing as one of the greatest actors of his generation.

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LIGHT SLEEPER is a gripping character-driven drama that delves into the world of drug dealing and addiction, with a transformative performance by Willem Dafoe as a high-end drug courier struggling to find meaning and redemption amidst the dark underbelly of New York City.

As John LeTour, Dafoe delivers a powerful and multi-layered portrayal of a man at a crossroads. His character is a deeply conflicted individual, torn between his loyalty to his longtime boss, Ann (Susan Sarandon) and a growing desire to change his life for the better. When a series of events leads to the death of an acquaintance, LeTour is forced to confront his own demons and reevaluate his priorities. Dafoe’s intense and nuanced performance showcases his ability to bring depth and humanity to the role of LeTour, making him a sympathetic and relatable figure despite his criminal lifestyle. His on-screen chemistry with Sarandon and Dana Delany, who plays a former lover, adds emotional weight to the story and makes the stakes feel all the more real.

LIGHT SLEEPER is a compelling exploration of addiction, redemption, and the human spirit, anchored by Willem Dafoe’s captivating and unforgettable performance as John LeTour. The film serves as a testament to Dafoe’s versatility and talent, proving that he is truly one of the finest actors of his generation.

“Light Sleeper isn’t about the help he can get from psychics, however; it’s about desperation that makes him project healing qualities upon anyone who is halfway sympathetic. The movie is familiar with its life of night and need. It finds the real human qualities in a person like the Susan Sarandon character – who, in a crisis, reacts with loyalty and quick thinking.”

“I think what I like best about Light Sleeper — more than Dafoe’s peculiar magic or Schrader’s wise, sympathetic writing — is the fact that it gives you so much to chew on. So many contemporary films seem to evaporate as soon as you walk out of the theater. Light Sleeper resonates.”