ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Movie Review: "State Like Sleep" by Meredith Danluck

Updated on February 27, 2019

Ever since its release at the Tribeca Film Festival last year, I have been eagerly waiting to watch this film, the leading actors and the mysterious plot making it a promising one in my eyes. It has not been a disappointment.

At the beginning of the movie, our protagonist, photographer Katherine Grand is in the middle of a photo shoot. Her job is interrupted by an important phone call: Her mother, Elaine, is currently in a hospital in Brussels. Katherine leaves what she is doing and flies to Belgium to meet her. Once there, she learns that Elaine is there to clear out the apartment in which her daughter lived when she was married.

Stephan, Katherine’s ex-husband, a famous Belgium actor, has committed suicide some time ago. Since then, her wife has refused to continue living in the apartment they used to share, going back to America instead. Her former mother-in-law, who has never liked her, is now trying to sell the place and she needs all her things out of there.

Katherine does not want to stay in Brussels, but the delicate state of Elaine’s health make an imperative for her to remain there for a few more days before they can travel without risks. In the meantime, she recovers some things from her former home: Stephan’s cellphone, who had never been found by the police, and a curious matchbox. These two things lead her to a secret night club, “La Fleur” which she suspects, is related somehow to her husband’s last days.

“La Fleur” turns out to belong to a man who claims to be Stephan’s long-life best friend, even though Katherine does not think her husband has ever mentioned him. This man does not give her any straightforward answers, but the visit to the club is enough to confirm her guesses: Stephan was there the night before his death.

All of this will make Katherine start to wonder about the past: Which were her husband’s motives to kill himself? Was it just their unsuccessful marriage and his addiction problems or was there something else she did not know? Was there anything she could have done to avoid it? And the most important: Was Stephan’s death really a suicide?

Why should you be watching it?

It has been a while since I last rewatched a thriller, but this movie merited it.
The reason I am not so much into this genre is that even though it is rich in action, most of the times we do not get to see the background of the characters very well, a fact that makes the movie lack a human, emotional part. It is a personal issue of mine: To like a story I have to find a connection among me and the characters, otherwise, I feel I cannot comprehend what is going on.

The strong point of this story is that it does not only make you hold your breath until the last minutes but that it also gives you a look into sorrow and guilt. We get to see a considerable part of what is going on through flashbacks, and it allows us to see every step that leads us to the present: The happy moments of the young couple, Stephan’s addictions, their struggles to keep the ship afloat, and finally the tragedy.

I have heard mixed opinions about it, but the only thing I can criticize is the ending. It is not that I did not like it, but it seemed to me that the almost two hours duration of the movie prepare the public for another, more dramatic kind of ending. I am not going to say it did not surprise me, though.

Katherine Waterston made an awesome job, some had even said that it is her best so far. I would agree completely have I get over Fantastic Beasts, which by the record, I have not. The truth is that her character carries a 97% of the weight of the story on her shoulders, a difficult position if we consider that the photographer expresses herself more through actions and gestures that through dialogues. Michael Shannon also makes an opportune appearance as Katherine's next door neighbor, a person the protagonist will dislike at first, but to whom she will get attached to later on.

A good thriller is supposed to create anticipation, and excitement in the audience; it is supposed to surprise. “State like sleep” is capable of all that and more. Definitely worth watching.

If you liked my review on this movie and are interested in purchasing it, you can do so at the link below.

© 2019 Literarycreature

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)