John LeTour (Willem Dafoe) is loyal, decent, lumbering-a 40-year-old drug runner who suffers from insomnia but seems to be sleep-walking through life in Light Sleeper. When John's boss, the bubbly but sharp-witted Ann (Susan Sarandon), decides to retire, John must rethink his life's path. But breaking out of the life he's led will take some doing, especially after coming into contact with his ex-girlfriend (Dana Delkany), a recovering drug addict, and becoming embroiled in a mysterious murder.
Scene specific commentary by Susan Sarandon and Willem Dafoe
English Hard of Hearing
Audio commentary with writer and director Paul Schrader (2002)
Selected scenes commentary with actors Willem Dafoe and Susan Sarandon (2002, 18 mins)
The Guardian Interview with Willem Dafoe (1998, 66 mins): archival audio recording of the actor in conversation with critic Jonathan Romney, recorded at London's National Film Theatre
The Midlife Movie (2021, 18 mins): Paul Schrader remembers the production of 'Light Sleeper'
The BAM Interview with Ed Lachman and Paul Schrader (2008, 31 mins): the cinematographer and director in conversation on-stage at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York, after a screening of 'Light Sleeper'
Dear Paul Schrader, Thank You for 'Light Sleeper' (2021, 11 mins): a personal meditation on Schrader's film from the critic and filmmaker Mark Cousins
Original theatrical trailer
Image gallery: promotional and publicity materials