A Man in a Dream (Un Homme qui dort) (The Man Who Sleeps) (1974) - Rotten Tomatoes

A Man in a Dream (Un Homme qui dort) (The Man Who Sleeps) (1974)

TOMATOMETER

——

——

AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Movie Info

In this French tour-de-force a young student (Jacques Speisser) decides to have no more interaction with the world than is needed to minimally sustain life. His increasingly automaton-like behavior is coupled with a strange clarity of insight about the world around him. His inner musings as he wanders the luminous streets of Paris are narrated in the form of an unwritten diary by Ludmila Mikael.

Cast

Critic Reviews for A Man in a Dream (Un Homme qui dort) (The Man Who Sleeps)

There are no critic reviews yet for A Man in a Dream (Un Homme qui dort) (The Man Who Sleeps). Keep checking Rotten Tomatoes for updates!

Audience Reviews for A Man in a Dream (Un Homme qui dort) (The Man Who Sleeps)

½

"The Man Who Sleeps" requires some patience, but a powerful closing act makes the wait worthwhile. The film's title is misleading, because the story is more about willful inertia than slumber. A weary college-age man (Jacques Spiesser) decides to withdraw from the world. This doesn't mean he entirely retreats to his apartment, but his outdoor trips become vacant wanderings where he just looks for solitary, picturesque spots to sit and think. He never says a word -- instead, an unseen female narrator (Ludmila Mikael) continuously describes his alienated feelings and reactions. Some other people are seen (and not heard), but a similarly isolated old man is the only one who adds anything useful to the narrative. Not surprisingly, this minimalist structure is a bit tedious, but the text is eloquent and the roaming camera has an interesting take on mundane Paris sights. Eventually the man grows more frantic as his calculated detachment fails to yield any benefits, and here's where the previously deadpan Mikael cranks up the theatrics and earns her paycheck. For extra impact, the film image turns harshly saturated and high-contrast to accent the man's increased desperation. Clearly, this sort of existential mood piece is not for everyone, but "The Man Who Sleeps" is an intriguing curio.

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

Super Reviewer

A Man in a Dream (Un Homme qui dort) (The Man Who Sleeps) Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss A Man in a Dream (Un Homme qui dort) (The Man Who Sleeps) on our Movie forum!

News & Features