The comic misadventures of a passive security guard living in a dormant American suburb who's forced to take control of his life under the most bizarre circumstances: On a bus one morning, he becomes transfixed by a beautiful young woman--then discovers his handgun is missing. Did he lose it, or did she steal it?
In outline a nightmare comedy on the order of Martin Scorsese's "After Hours," David Maquiling's film turns out to be a fable of initiation, grounded in the folk tales of its director's Filipino ancestors. The hero, who ought to be a young warrior, is instead a 24-year-old security guard, Jack Crawford (Marc Palmieri), who can never quite seem to get enough sleep. Maquiling creates an unusual and intriguing tone somewhere between sharp, deadpan comedy and a soft, dreamy surrealism. Perhaps too modestly for his own good, Maquiling doesn't proclaim his originality in capital letters. But it is clearly there, and it marks him as a young filmmaker to watch. Dave Kehr
2000-10-06 | DAVE KEHR | Read the New York Times Review of Too Much Sleep