Claire Denis' 1994 feature I Can't Sleep was inspired by the 1987 true-crime Montmartre “Granny Killer” case. However, those murders almost seem incidental in this film that focuses on immigrants trying to survive in modern France. Basically Denis follows the lives of three immigrants-Daiga, recently arrived in Paris from Lithuania (Yekatrina Golubev-with a striking resemblance to Michele Pfeiffer), Theo (Alec Descas 35 Shots of Rum), a freelance and primary caretaker of a young son and his transvestite singer brother Camille (Richard Courcet). For some reason, the feel of the film calls to mind the films of Ming-liang Tsai, perhaps it is the sense of quiet desperation evoked by alienation. The music cues and choices are thoughtful and effective. The cinematography of the film, by Agnes Godard, is also exquisite in capturing a seedy side of Paris not often seen on celluloid. This is very much an art film version of a serial killer movie and would not be of interest to the most film goers, but I think there is a lot to be appreciated in Denis' film.