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
Lisa Sodman Elzinga ...
Pregnant Nurse
Detective Mazurek
Patrick Moug ...
Detective Snyder
Eros Biox ...
Baby (as Eros Ion Biox)
Tom Whalen ...
911 Operator (voice)
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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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16 May 2001 (France)  »

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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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simply brilliant
10 February 2003 | by (the back corner of the dark room at the bottom of your mind) – See all my reviews

Chasing Sleep is one of the best movies I've seen lately. Its creepy, disturbing atmosphere is as good as anything David Lynch has ever done. The lighting and camerawork are beyond incredible. Very slow, well-paced, gentle on the eyes, and still disturbing and powerful. The acting is subtle and very convincing. I wish Jeff Daniels would get more roles like this one. He's a great actor. The other actors in this movie are good, too. The script is fascinating and definitely makes you think, without using any tired plot devices and clichés.

One thing that I particularly liked about the movie is that it never gets boring, not even for a second. This is quite rare, especially in a movie that is so slow.


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