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I Don't Want to Sleep Alone(黑眼圈)

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Malaysia, China, Taiwan

2006

1h 58m

Director Tsai Ming-liang

Starring Lee Kang-Sheng, Norman Atun, Chen Shiang-Chyi, Pearlly Chua

Genre Drama, Romance

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After a day laborer is badly beaten, a young man takes him in and nurses him back to health. A waitress living in the loft above cares for a paralyzed man. A film with very little conversation, dominated rather by sounds of daily life and love.

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80

Variety by

With a pronounced Baroque palette and his usual astonishing use of light, picture looks ravishing -- individual scenes make a deeper impact than the characters themselves.
80

The New York Times by A.O. Scott

Mr. Tsai's films are held together internally, and connected one to another, by an elusive, insistent logic that is easier to recognize than to describe. But once you do start to recognize it, each new movie offers passage to an exotic place that feels, uncannily, like home.
88

TV Guide Magazine by Ken Fox

Tsai finds great beauty in streets of Kuala Lumpur particularly at night, making this gorgeous film one that should be seen on a large screen in the total darkness of a theater.
78

Austin Chronicle by Marjorie Baumgarten

Tsai’s drama is something like a mixture of Robert Bresson and R.W. Fassbinder, as God’s bedraggled souls struggle with the desires of the damned, and nobody wants to go into that good night alone.
67

The A.V. Club by Scott Tobias

The film ends so beautifully that it's easy to forgive the dead passages that preceded it and hope it carries over into his next movie.
88

Boston Globe by Wesley Morris

The movie is a block of paper that, when Tsai's finished with it, becomes a chain of snowflakes. Loneliness doesn't often get such a gorgeously ornate tribute.