Zoolander 2

Really, really, ridiculously disappointing.

The Assassin

There are martial arts movies and there are martial arts movies. The Assassin isn't either.

Batman v Superman

A bold, mature exploration of myths and epics - followed by a two-hour mess.

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Star Ratings

Well good


Home Reviews Sundance London Sundance London Review: Sleepwalk with Me
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Written by Ivan Radford   
Saturday, 27 April 2013 10:48
Director: Mike Birbiglia, Seth Barrish
Cast: Mike Birbiglia, Lauren Ambrose

”I’m going to tell you a story and it’s true.” That’s Matt Pandamiglio (Birbiglia) talking to the camera about himself in a film about himself. A self-obsessed neurotic guy, he narrates his midlife crisis to us like a lowbrow Woody Allen. And every now and then, he runs around the bedroom in his sleep, convinced he’s fighting a jackal.

It’s a trait that’s starting to worry his girlfriend, Abby (Ambrose). She wants to get married. He doesn’t. He’s too busy touring the country as a failed stand-up comedian. It’s awkward.

And that’s what Birbiglia captures so well. From bombing an act in a pub full of 12 people to dealing with his interfering parents, it all hums with the awkwardness of reality. It sounds self-indulgent – and it is. But that’s the idea: based on his own one-man show (and book), Birbiglia lets his alter-ego take over, filtering the whole messy narrative through his egotistical flair and self-deprecating sincerity. You don’t even ask why things are being filmed on a handheld camera: of course they are. Because that’s what Matt Pandamiglio would do.

Wrapping up in a swift 90 minutes, Sleepwalk with Me is a disorganised stumble through the mundanity of existence that frequently crosses the line between annoying and funny. As a tribute to the narcissistic nature of stand-up comedy, it never puts a foot wrong. You get the sense that Mike Birbiglia could do this with his eyes closed.

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