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I Don't Want to Sleep Alone (2006)
"Hei yan quan" (original title)

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Forest fires burn in Sumatra; a smoke covers Kuala Lumpur. Grifters beat an immigrant day laborer and leave him on the streets. Rawang, a young man, finds him, carries him home, cares for ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kang-sheng Lee ...
Shiang-chyi Chen ...
Coffee-shop Waitress
Norman Atun ...
Rawang
Pearlly Chua ...
Coffee-Shop Boss
Lee-Lin Liew ...
Coffee-Shop Tea Maker
Leonard Tee ...
Light Seller
Su-Yee Toh ...
Boss's Second Son (as Samantha Toh Su-Yee)
Kok-Fai Chiew ...
Boss's Grandson
Rong-Sin Chan ...
Estate Agent
Kok-Choy Loh ...
Financier
Shiva ...
Indian worker
Mohammad Rani Bin Baker ...
Magician
Rusli Bin Abdul Rahim ...
Hooligan
Azman Hassan ...
Hooligan (as Azman Bin Muhammad Hasan)
Hariry Jalil ...
Hooligan (as Muhammad Hariry Abdul Jalil)
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Forest fires burn in Sumatra; a smoke covers Kuala Lumpur. Grifters beat an immigrant day laborer and leave him on the streets. Rawang, a young man, finds him, carries him home, cares for him, and sleeps next to him. In a loft above lives a waitress. She sometimes provides care and attention. More violence seems a constant possibility. They find another man abandoned on the street, paralyzed. They carry him. While no one speaks to each other, sounds dominate: coughing, cooking, coupling, opening bags; music and news reports on a radio, the rattle and buzz of a restaurant. It's dark in the city at night. We see down hallways, through doors, down alleys. Who sleeps with whom? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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$4,377 (USA) (11 May 2007)

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$19,136 (USA) (27 July 2007)
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Chosen by "Les Cahiers du cinéma" (France) as one of the 10 best pictures of 2007 (#10, tied with "Ne touchez pas à la hache" and "Sang sattawat") See more »

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A quiet one for the serious cinephile
5 August 2007 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

This is a strange film, very strange, and not the type of film to get a release outside of a festival. There was virtually no dialogue for two hours - mostly visuals with background noises and music (played in the scene, not dubbed over). We see various strugglers in the streets and buildings of Malaysia and get a strong sense of alienation.

The film is almost a photo essay, constructed largely of beautifully composed shots of urban decay. There's the flooded building site, modest abodes, a huge butterfly and the surreal-looking streets choked in smoke from Indonesian bushfires. The film challenges an audience's patience and I was surprised there were only a few walkouts at the Melbourne International Film Festival I attended. My partner left after 90 minutes, and shortly after a little more action started to appear.

A sex scene interrupted by the smoke was amusing. The final take is particularly poignant and poetic. The film is not something I would generally recommend to mainstream audiences, but if you like something unusual during a festival, it might be worth a look in. Just be prepared to be patient.


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