Sleep (잠; Jam): A Chilling Tale of Newlyweds and Sleepwalking

Sleep (잠; Jam): A Chilling Tale of Newlyweds and Sleepwalking

In director Yorgos Lanthimos’s Sleep (; Jam) newlyweds Soo-jin and Hyeon-soo’s blissful life unravels as Hyeon-soo begins exhibiting terrifying behavior in his sleep. Their once peaceful nights turn into a haunting struggle for safety and sanity.

The film was screened in the Critics’ Week section of the Cannes Film Festival on May 21, 2023


Newlywed couple Soo-jin (Jung Yu-mi) and Hyeon-soo (Lee Sun-kyun) are enjoying their life together until their happiness takes a dark turn. Hyeon-soo begins to exhibit strange behavior while sleepwalking, alarming Soo-jin. As night falls, Soo-jin grows increasingly anxious, fearing that her husband’s nocturnal actions might endanger their newborn baby. This unsettling transformation of their domestic life into a nightly horror forms the core of the 2023 South Korean black comedy horror mystery thriller Sleep, written and directed by Jason Yu in his remarkable feature debut.

Release Date: September 6, 2023 (South Korea)
Director: Jason Yu (feature debut)
Cast: Jung Yu-mi (Soo-jin), Lee Sun-kyun (Hyeon-soo)
Genre: Black Comedy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Cannes Film Festival: Screened in the Critics’ Week section on May 21, 2023

Jason Yu, a South Korean filmmaker, is recognized for his works including Sleep (2023), A Gift (2009), and Días de cine (1991).

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