State Like Sleep, Rouses

Thriller with Luke Evans, Katherine Waterston

BY: Claire Connors

State Like Sleep refers to the otherworldly emotional trauma humans feel following an unexpected death. Set in Brussels, the film stars Katherine Waterston (Sam Waterston‘s daughter) as Katherine, a photographer whose world is turned upside down by the surprise suicide of her famous actor husband, Stefan, played by Michael Huisman (Game of Thrones, The Haunting of Hill House). A year later, as she’s still trying to cope with his violent, self-destructive act, she learns her mother (Mary Kay Place) is in the hospital and that the circumstances around Stephan’s suicide may not have been a solo act, as she was lead to believe.

As she begins to investigate, she meets her husband lifelong best friend, Emile (Luke Evans), a sleazy underground nightclub owner, and her neighbor Edward (Michael Shannon), a charming man with whom she soon becomes romantically involved. Just like Stephan’s suicide, nothing is as it seems, and as she digs deeper and deeper, Katherine puts her life in peril.

Under the direction of documentary filmmaker Meredith Danluck, we get a classic noir storyline but from the female perspective. And who better to play to possibly deadly antagonists than the classically good-looking Evans and the oddly handsome Shannon, two of the hardest working men in Hollywood. Shannon, currently killing it in AMC‘s The Little Drummer Girl, worked on eleven projects this year alone. And Evans, who was so good as the untrustworthy husband in The Girl on the Train and perfectly cast as the drunken journalist in this year’s scary-good series, The Alienist, has been just busy. Next year he’ll be seen in Jennifer Aniston‘s action comedy, Murder Mystery and the followup to The Alienist, The Angel of Darkness.

State of Sleep opens January 4th.