State Like Sleep
Director: Meredith Danluck Run Time: 104 min. Format: DCP Rating: NR Release Year: 2018
Starring: Katherine Waterston, Michael Shannon, Luke Evans, Michiel Huisman, Mary Kay Place
One year after the mysterious death of her Belgian actor husband, American photographer Katherine (Katherine Waterston) returns to Brussels, a city filled with memories of the life she’s tried to leave behind. Their marriage was rocky, but Katherine’s return to the city forces her to finally confront her grief as she packs up the flat they once shared. In doing so, though, she discovers a web of secrets that propel her to probe the circumstances of her husband’s last days. Following in his footsteps, Katherine plunges into Brussels’s underground club scene, where she encounters a mysterious woman and a secret group of friends. At the same time, she meets Edward, a fellow American, who offers the possibility of a new future as she comes to terms with her troubled past.
Writer-director Meredith Danluck’s feature debut is shot in sleek, seductive widescreen by cinematographer Christopher Blauvelt (The Bling Ring, Certain Women). Mixing elements from film noir, American-abroad dramas, and ’80s erotic thrillers, State Like Sleep is a cool, dreamlike experience. — Jason Gutierrez, Tribeca Film Festival 2018