Sleepless, a 2015 QCinema International Film Festival entry found its way back into the big screen. All thanks to Cine Lokal, a new cinema line that houses independent, award-winning films and FDCP programs.
Though it has been more than a year since the film was shown, Sleepless proved it never lost its charm. In fact, the film was scheduled to run for only seven days starting May 26 at eight selected SM Cinema branches. But after a few days, the film was given an extended run until June 8 at 30 SM cinemas.
Indeed, the 2015 QCinema crowd-favorite and Netpac Jury Prize for Best Picture continues to capture the hearts of many. The question is how?
Directed By: Prime Cruz
Written By: Jen Chuaunsu
Sleepless is about two lonely people who have trouble sleeping. They talk about love, zombies, and everything else in between.
After watching Sleepless, I finally understood what the commotion was about. 🙂
Not far from reality.
Gem (Glaiza de Castro) works as a call center agent, a dead-end job according to her mother (Irma Adlawan). But Gem thinks otherwise. Thus, she continues working despite the shifting schedule which messes up her body clock.
There, she meets Barry (Dominic Roco). He’s a new agent who like her is also suffering from sleepless nights. Upon learning that they live in the same building, they make a pact to keep each other company with stories.
These characters struck me so hard because one I’ve met them and two I’m one of them.
Simple and relatable.
Though both characters have their own issues, the sleepless journey is as simple as their train ride which takes them from point A to B. And just like any journey, they encounter a stop sign hindering them from moving forward.
But together they face the reason behind their sleepless nights. Together they combat loneliness through imagination and creativity.
There are scenes wherein Gem and Barry would “dub” the conversations of other people leading them to more weird and funny ideas.
Anong gagawin mo ‘pag may zombie apocalypse?
If a zombie apocalypse happens, what will you do?
Gem would be channeling her inner Lara Croft and fight them using a riffle. Barry, on the other hand, would be chopping off zombie heads using a katana. Loneliness is indeed a powerful thing but with someone beside, you’ll be able to break through eventually.
Life in darkness.
It’s worth mentioning that the film has many visually captivating shots which balanced out reality. Besides those working at the call center, how many more are up at night? You can count the old lady selling balut near the eskinita, people out for a late night snack, and couples fighting in the middle of the night. Sleepless successfully showed us that there is beauty as well as life in darkness.
The film Sleepless clearly deserves all the praises. I hope more people will be able to watch this and more films will be as beautiful as this.