Paul Schrader's simmering 1991 study of a drug dealer's midlife crisis remains the script closest to his own heart. A maturer Travis Bickle, Willem Dafoe's loser is confused when "employer" Susan Sarandon goes legit, and panic-stricken when an ex-girlfriend dies and gunplay's required. Meditative rather than action-packed, it's grown over time.

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Light Sleeper

Paul Schrader’s simmering 1991 study of a drug dealer’s midlife crisis remains the script closest to his own heart. A maturer Travis Bickle, Willem Dafoe’s loser is confused when “employer” Susan Sarandon goes legit, and panic-stricken when an ex-girlfriend dies and gunplay’s required. Meditative rather than action-packed, it’s grown over time.