SLEEPING AROUND (Marco Carniti). 95 minutes. Subtitled. Friday (June 13), 7 pm. Rating: NNN
Sleeping Around is writer/director Marco Carniti’s dystopian take on contemporary urban relationships, or the lack thereof.
Set in an anywhere/nowhere metropolis, it follows a mixed bag of characters who navigate their emotional and sexual crises in a corporate-dominated future where ad space can be purchased on the moon. Like their counterparts in L.A. ensemble films (Short Cuts, Magnolia, Crash), these decadent types are out to find some connection that reaches deeper than the random brushing of body parts.
It’s a society left impotent by a culture of overconsumption and hyper-stimulation. Carniti’s admirable debut depicts this world in striking shots loaded with intimidating objects and structures, and washed in chromatic lighting that almost consumes the characters.
Although the film may at times be burdened with excessive and obvious messages, clever writing and charming performances keep the characters’ exchanges grounded and endearing.
TORONTO ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL continuing to Sunday (June 15) at the Bloor Cinema (506 Bloor West). For times, tickets and complete schedule, see listings.