Chasing Sleep (2000)

R  |   |  Horror, Mystery, Thriller  |  16 May 2001 (France)
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A college professor wakes up to find his wife has not returned home, then struggles to understand her disappearance.



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Complete credited cast:
Ed Saxon
Officer Stewart
Detective Derm
Michelle Held ...
Mrs. Mastrioni
Guy Sanville ...
Lisa Sodman Elzinga ...
Pregnant Nurse
Dennis North ...
Detective Mazurek
Detective Snyder
Eros Biox ...
Baby (as Eros Ion Biox)
Tom Whalen ...
911 Operator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Betsey Amid ...
Voice of Eve


A college professor wakes up to find his wife has not returned home, then struggles to understand her disappearance.

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The nightmare begins when you open your eyes...

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Rated R for language, violence, some sexuality and drug content | See all certifications »

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Jeff Daniels is barefoot for the entire film. See more »

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The text at the end of the credits: The director would like to mention that he was not going 92 miles an hour when he was pulled over in Waterlou Township and should have his fine refunded and an apology send to him. See more »


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Probably better if you haven't seen "Lost Highway" before
4 February 2003 | by (Antibes, France) – See all my reviews

This is a pretty good thriller. Better than I expected. However, ahem... you can't help but see the director's influences... I mean, David Lynch's "Lost Highway" (the punch in the face waking the protagonist from his daze, the way he vanishes into dark hallways, and many more details...), Christopher Nolan's "Following"(not for the structure of the story but more for the direction, dialogues, etc.) and occasionally Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining" (especially the bathtub creature episode).

Despite the gathering of borrowed imagery, this film still develops an obvious personal style and a precise direction. All in all, a very good first film owing also a lot to Jeff Daniels's performance. Hopefully, the next one will be less obviously influenced.

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