As hazy and amorphous as a rain cloud, Meredith Danluck
’s “State Like Sleep
” does a fine job of recreating the dream-like fog of grief. But it doesn’t go much further, and “somnolence” isn’t an ideal quality around which to build an entire film.
As played by Katherine Waterston
(“Fantastic Beasts”), American photographer Katherine has been floating dully since her Belgian movie star husband, Stefan, was mysteriously killed a year earlier. But when her mom (Mary Kay Place
) winds up in a Brussels hospital, Katherine is jolted into action. She wants to know what really happened to Stefan, and the more she looks, the less she finds to like.
Stefan’s severe mother, Anneke, appears to be an open book: she bluntly hates her daughter-in-law, whom she blames for stealing her beloved son. A series of effective flashbacks also suggests that she was the Momager from Hell, though