I Don't Want to Sleep Alone (Hei yan quan)
I Don't Want to Sleep Alone (Hei yan quan) (2007)

Homeless on the streets of Kuala Lumpur, Hsiao Kang is robbed, beaten and left for dead; he is found and nursed by Rawang, an immigrant worker, who lives in the shell of a modernist building abandoned during construction. Rawang's… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 6, 2007
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89%
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74%


Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: With little dialogue, Tsai Ming-liang takes the viewer through a powerful journey of loneliness and longing.

Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

The hormones here don't rage so much as unfurl over two exquisite hours.

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Scott Tobias
AV Club

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.

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Chuck Stephens
Film Comment Magazine

I Don't Want to Sleep Alone-which ends with a vision of fragile and drifting bliss as oneiric as anything in the swamp-moss-pherics of Andrei Tarkovsky-is nothing short of a dream

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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out

For Tsai's fans, Sleep offers many pleasures, including a heightened attention to nocturnal beauty and a gorgeous, uncharacteristic surrealism.

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David Fear
Time Out New York

A serious return to creative form and a renewal of focus; there's a sense that every perfectly timed slow take and studied composition serves a purpose. And not a single melon gets shtupped.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A gorgeous film that won't disappoint.

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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times

I Don't Want to Sleep Alone is a title to keep in mind while absorbing this allusive, humid mood piece.

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John Anderson
Newsday

I Don't Want to Sleep Alone is emotional in what it says about the need for connections, religious in what it asks about the universe.

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Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com

Tsai's style is essentially written in stone at this point, and [this] hardly challenges it. [He] is as visually adept here as ever, right up to the film's peaceful final shot.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
William Dunmyer
[size=3]I Don't Want to Sleep Alone, the first Malaysian film I've ever seen, is breathtakingly original in its minimalist filmmaking technique.… More
Krystle Chow
What a privilege to be able to see this at its N. American premiere in Toronto! Tsai has some beautiful camerawork here, and his incredibly still shots and… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In "I Don't Want to Sleep Alone" a Chinese worker(Lee Kang-sheng) in Malaysia is beaten by scam artists. He is found along… More
Emily B.
This was my first Tsai Ming-liang, which is probably why it took my awhile to get use to his style. The slow pace and minimal dialogue does make it very… More