State Like Sleep is an upcoming American drama movie. It premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival 2018. It is scheduled to be released on January 4, 2019 by The Orchard.
Initial launch: January 4, 2019 (USA)
Director: Meredith Danluck
Production Company: Scythia Films
Music composed by: David Wingo, Lusine.
Producers: Eddie Vaisman, Julia Lebedeva, Angel Lopez
“Without stories, the truth is too random,” says Belgian actor Stefan (Michiel Huisman) during a TV interview at the start of “State Like Sleep.” Though the thespian comes off as full of himself (and also something decidedly odorous), it’s an insight that defines Danluck’s tale. Via eerie shots through Stefan and wife Katherine’s messy Brussels flat, as well as oblique glimpses of a gunshot and blood pooling around Stefan’s head, the subsequent drama is set in motion. Before audiences can settle in, however, the film leaps forward to year in time, to find Katherine – a photographer who has since abandoned her home – receiving news that her mother (Mary Kay Place) is in Brussels, and in the hospital. Thus, Katherine’s long-delayed return trip to the scene of the crime begins.With a look of perpetual misery plastered across her face, Katherine is soon dealing with not only her mother’s fragile brain-related condition, but also her nasty mother-in-law Anneke (Julie Kahner), who resents Katherine for stealing away the affections of her beloved boy Back in the residence she fled, Katherine is compelled to confront the marital messiness that immediately preceded Stefan’s death, including a tabloid scandal involving leaked pictures of him with a mysterious woman. Wracked by questions about Stefan’s fidelity, as well as if foul play was to blame for his demise, Katherine transforms herself into an amateur sleuth, trawling the darker corners of Brussels – and her memory – to solve what she suspects may be a whodunit.
That endeavor leads Katherineto an underground nightclub run by Emile (Evans), a live-wire who was Stefan’s best friend since childhood (unbeknownst to Katherine), and who tries to bed her by tricking her into snorting heroin. While eying Emile as a potential suspect, she strikes up an unlikely rapport with Edward (Shannon), a hotel neighbor who first introduces himself by drunkenly trying to enter her room. In “Rear Window” fashion, Katherine uses her camera to watch Edward through their adjacent windows. Yet despite a guilelessness that verges on bluntness, Edward is anything but to Raymond Burr-ish villain. Before long, their shared feelings of dislocation and longing – for connection, understanding, and relief from their loneliness – draws them into a tentative romance.
Using Waterston’s changing hairstyle as a way to identify where different scenes fit in the film’s chronology, Danluck cross-cuts between past and present with stream-of-consciousness fluidity, creating a hypnotic mood in harmony with her hazy metropolitan milieu and Katherine’s dazed-and -confused headspace. To that end, “State Like Sleep” is bolstered by Jeff Wingo and David Mcilwain’s piano-and-electronica score, and moreover, by DP Blauvelt’s rapturous work. His woozy imagery is awash in reflections and light flares, filtered through streaky windows and translucent barriers, and marked by unexpected compositions that lend the action to striking, disorienting edginess.
Waterston embodies Katherine as a soul consumed by delusional sorrow, and around the edges of her morose expressions, one can spy the woman’s marrow-deep desperation. Just as assured are Evans and Shannon, both of whom initially come across as neo-noir archetypes – the volatile underworld scumbag and the charming but untrustworthy stranger, respectively – and then skillfully develop surprising angles to their characters. Seething with irrepressible resentment, Khaner steals every scene she’s in, including at climax that plays like a startling slap to a slumbering face.
Katherine Waterston is one good reason to see State Like Sleep. Michael Shannon is another. Together, they carry a script that in less expert hands would likely collapse under its own weight, or else just meander off and get lost. Directed by Meredith Danluck, whose other credits are mostly documentaries, the film is a stylish neo-noir that sort of lopes along in a melancholic stupor, not unlike its protagonist.
Waterston plays Katherine, a young woman attempting to solve the mystery of her husband’s untimely death. Stefan (Michiel Huisman) was a heartthrob actor with a lot of bad habits, so his death was swiftly attributed to drugs and alcohol. The authorities don’t seem particularly interested in looking deeper, so it’s up to Katherine. The problem is, she didn’t seem to like him much, and was on the verge of leaving him anyway. This doesn’t mean she can’t also feel sadness when he dies, but it’s a little hard to believe that she would delve headlong into the night, as it were, to find out what happened.
There is a lapse, though, between Stefan’s death and Katherine’s investigation. In the interim, she returned to the U.S. and cut her hair, possibly the best cinematic trope to suggest the passage of time. She is summoned back to Brussels after her mother (Mary Kay Place) suffers a stroke. Once there, Katherine begins to wonder what really happened to Stefan, and as her mother’s health worsens, she toggles between visits to the hospital and her quest for clues in her late husband’s death. At this point, a line from the film might offer the best interpretive frame for discerning all that follows: In a T.V. interview not long before he dies, Stefan explains why he likes being an actor, noting that “without stories, the truth is too random.”Random is a good word to describe the comes next. Katherine’s quest leads her to a sexily sinister underground club, where she meets the owner, Emile (Luke Evans), who claims to have been Stefan’s best friend. This is news to her, of course; she’d never heard of him before. But he seems to have some answers, so she gets pulled into his orbit. Emile isn’t exactly gunning for any integrity awards, though, and before long, hard drugs come out, seduction ensues, guns are brandished and Katherine’s world collapses just a little bit more.
State Like Sleep full movie cast
Katherine Boyer Waterston is an American actress.
She made her feature film debut in Michael Clayton.
Born: March 3, 1980 (age 38 years), Westminster, United Kingdom
Height: 1.8 m
Parents: Sam Waterston, Lynn Louisa Woodruff
Siblings: Elisabeth Waterston, James Waterston, Graham Waterston
Nationality: American, British
Michiel Huisman is a Dutch actor, musician, and singer-songwriter, who has acted in both Dutch and English language TV series and films.
Born: July 18, 1981 (age 37 years), Amstelveen, Netherlands
Height: 1.83 m
Spouse: Tara Elders (m. 2008)
Children: Hazel Judith Huisman
Luke George Evans is a Welsh actor.
Evans began his career on the stage, performing in many of London’s West End
productions such as Rent, Miss Saigon, and Piaf before getting his Hollywood breakthrough role
starring in the Clash of the Titans 2010 remake.
Born: April 15, 1979 (age 39 years), Pontypool, United Kingdom
Height: 1.83 m
Residence: Shoreditch, London, England
Albums: Beauty and the Beast, Terminator Ep
Upcoming movie: Midway
State like sleep trailer release date
Joining Waterston and Shannon in the cast are Luke Evans, Michiel Huisman, and Mary Kay Place. The film is written and directed by Meredith Danluck. “State Like Sleep” hits VOD on January 1, 2019 and select theaters on January 4, 2019.
State like sleep imdb rating
Rating: 4.8/10 – 99 votes
A woman grapples with the consequences of her celebrity husband’s double life after he commits suicide.
State like sleep imdb cast
- Luke Evans as Emile.
- Katherine Waterston as Katherine Grand.
- Michael Shannon as Edward.
- Mark O’Brien as Darren.
- Carlo Rota.
- Bo Martyn as Frieda.
- Jean-Michel Le Gal as Cop 2.
- Tessa Mossey as Fashion Model.