Sleepless Nights Stories

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During the 1960s, '70s, and '80s, avant-garde director Jonas Mekas pioneered the "video diary" form of nonfiction filmmaking, which involved the impromptu, fly-on-the-wall documentation of various experiences in his life. This mode of observation was particularly interesting for audiences given Mekas' constant immersion in celebrity circles: It provided the opportunity to see icons such as John Lennon and Yoko Ono outside of the limelight. Mekas returns to the form at age 88 with this outing; presented as a series of sketch-filled chapters, it may strike many viewers as more accessible than the director's prior work. It constitutes a sequel to A Letter from Greenpoint and picks up where that opus left off: Mekas has just moved into a new Brooklyn apartment and suffers from chronic insomnia. Soon, however, he grows restless and undertakes a series of adventures at home and abroad, often accompanied by famous friends. These escapades include visits with Harmony Korine just before and after his son Lefty is born, a jam session with composer Pip Chodorov in Luxembourg, an encounter with French heartthrob Louis Garrel in Paris, and a ride to the airport with Bjork.


Critic Reviews for Sleepless Nights Stories

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

  • Mr. Mekas makes little attempt to smooth out his transitions between takes or scenes, which only reinforces the intensely personal, even handmade nature of the work.

    Dec 14, 2011 | Rating: 3/5
  • The movie indulges a few too many whims, but it's never less than alive.

    Dec 13, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Eric Hynes

    Time Out
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  • More often, Mekas's focus on "names" comes off as a cloistered insensitivity to the wider world.

    Dec 13, 2011 | Full Review…
  • It proves that Mekas is still very much awake, contemplating the broad gulfs of the past and future, the little life that, as Shakespeare put it, "is rounded with a sleep."

    Jan 9, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Sleepless Nights Stories merely lingers on the personal, and the mundanity that was so magical in one film is now rendered just plain ordinary and dull.

    Oct 3, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • A freeform, New York-based variation on the Arabian Nights tales by Jonas Mekas is both a pan-narrative and a disarming portrait of its sweetly curious maker.

    Dec 13, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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