LIGHT SLEEPER, Paul Schrader's study of a middle-aged drug dealer, is a return to the director's thematic roots, an exploration of the dark side of the American psyche. Loner, insomniac and reformed junkie, John LeTour (Willem Dafoe) delivers drugs for a living--coke and ecstasy and
quaaludes ("white drugs for white people") for the upper-class clients of the glamorous Ann (Susan Sarandon), and writes in his diary during his sleepless off hours. One evening, he spots his old girlfriend, Marianne (Dana Delaney), and gives her a lift, but she clearly wants nothing to do with
him; she's clean and doesn't trust that he is. After another accidental meeting, this time at...