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I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone (Hei yan quan)


Dir. Tsai Ming-liang. 2006, 115 mins. 35mm. With Lee Kang-sheng, Chen Shiang-chyi, Norman Atun. In his first film shot in Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian-born Tsai returns home and looks empathetically at the city’s polyglot migrant population. A matrix of dependency forms as a Bangladeshi living in a massive, abandoned building invites a Chinese drifter to share his mattress, and the drifter in turn becomes involved with a woman who is caring for the comatose son of her boss. “Culminates with a transcendent vision of doomsday love. Even by Tsai’s elevated standards, the final shot is one of otherworldly beauty.” (Dennis Lim, The Village Voice).

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