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Sleep is the great restorer, one we frazzled moderns eternally need, desire and lack. But for Terako (Sakura Ando), the sleepy-eyed heroine of photographer and director Shingo Wakagi’s “Shirakawa Yofune” (“Asleep”), the bedroom is a battleground of the spirit.

She sleeps and sleeps in her skivvies under a silky white futon, waiting for a buzz on her cellphone from her married middle-aged lover, Iwanaga (Arata Iura), who likes her to be at his beck and call. True rest, however, remains elusive, while strange dreams beckon.

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