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)
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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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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Release Date:

16 May 2001 (France)  »

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Insomnies  »

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Did You Know?


The bottle of Dreamatol that Jeff Daniels takes out in the beginning of the movie (the first pills he takes in the film) has instructions that read: "For the relief of pain at its source, take as many pills as you can swallow until dreams overtake your perception of reality. Be cautious of the amount only when concerned with returning to reality. Otherwise, take the entire bottle for a complete disconnection from the pain of existence." Under the trademarked name Dreamatol it is described as a Dream Enhancer/Fever Reducer, even though the only ingredient listed is Ibuprofen. See more »

Crazy Credits

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 »


Piano Recording No. 6 Andante Soave
Written by Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel
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Real or Imaginary?
24 January 2005 | by (Belfast) – See all my reviews

This is a great example of a movie that doesn't conform to Hollywood conventions. It is essentially about a man who awakes to realise his wife hasn't come home from work the day before, and what happens to him during the day while he waits for the police. The movie never leaves the man's house, apart from a very short scene in a hospital, and contains no soundtrack. By doing this it creates more tension than if it had a typical Hollywood soundtrack, made up of the usual scary music and screeching sounds. Also as the house begins to fall apart, it becomes more and more claustrophobic. The fact that the storyline is fluid and ambiguous could infuriate or bore some people, however it is chilling without resulting to blood or gore, and never even gives any real answers. Though nowhere near as good, it resembles a David Lynch movie, in that it challenges conventions of plot, and remains ambiguous throughout. Don't watch for any out and out shocks, but it is a movie that will grow on you, and one that you'll still be thinking about later.

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