Hot Docs 2014: Sleepless in New York Review

Sleepless in New York

Sleepless in New York

Love, Factually

Nicely balancing the pain of heartbreak (and sometimes the creepiness and schadenfreude) of a relationship ending with a spattering of science and anthropology, Academy Award nominee Christian Frei’s latest outing is an unpretentious series of snapshots dedicated towards a better understanding of the ending of dreams and the struggles to move on.

Talking to a cross section of people who were in various different stages of love, lust, and infatuation (and quite memorably to anthropologist Helen Fisher, whose appearance nicely balances the personal and the professional, and one particularly unhealthy woman who fell in love after a single kiss), Frei allows his subjects to express their innermost thoughts and fears without judgement or unwanted advice.

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His approach is simple, but the simplicity allows for the greatest amount of empathy and understanding. Plus, who hasn’t been in the position of at least one of these people before? It will be easy for audience members to find at least one subject to identify with. (Andrew Parker)

Screens

Wednesday, April 30th, TIFF Bell Lightbox 1, 9:30pm

Thursday, May 1st, Hart House Theatre, 9:30pm

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Sunday, May 4th, TIFF Bell Lightbox 1, 1:30pm

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