Irish Film Institute -SLEEP


Director: Jason Yu

95 mins, South Korea, 2023, Digital, Subtitled

A newlywed couple are plunged into a nightmare scenario when the husband develops a sleep disorder that may reveal a disturbing split personality with possible supernatural overtones in writer-director Jason Yu’s intense feature debut. Expectant mother Soo-jin (Jung Yu-mi) awakens one night to the eerie sight of her husband, Hyun-su (Lee Sun-Kyun ), sitting at the end of their bed, muttering that ‘someone is inside’, before collapsing into a deep sleep. In the days that follow, his disturbing nocturnal behaviours, of which he has no recollection, escalate, and the couple’s once-idyllic relationship begins to deteriorate under the mounting paranoia that Hyun-su might inadvertently hurt himself, Soo-jin, or their unborn child. Having worked under South Korean luminaries like Lee Chang-dong and Bong Joon-ho, Jason Yu displays a natural gift for character, story, and tension in this expertly calibrated genre piece.

There will be Open Captioned screenings at 15.45 on Friday 12th, and 18.30 on Tuesday 16th.

Notes by David O’Mahony

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