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A riveting psychological drama about a woman (Trish Goff) trying to piece her life back together whose problems escalate when she confronts her mysterious upstairs neighbor (Ally Sheedy).

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Deaf Girl
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Joyce Chandler
Ted Bardy ...
Phil
Sarah Bloom ...
Jogger
Michelle Carano ...
Naomi
Jennifer Carter ...
New Tenant
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Veteran Cop
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Larry
Jeridette Donaldson ...
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Hank
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Deaf Man
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Young Cop
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Sheila (as Nikki Hansen)
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Joyce Chandler (Trish Goff), a young divorced woman and recovering alcoholic, moves into a Manhattan apartment that seems a bit too secluded to be true. It is: Upstairs lives Charlotte Bancroft (Ally Sheedy), a woman with a wall of obliviousness who can turn even an 'apology' into a guilt trip, Charlotte persists in making Joyce's nighttime hours a living hell. As the torture continues, Joyce starts to lose her grip on her job, her health and her sanity. It's a heck of a price to pay for having your own place. Written by Anonymous

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What would you do for a good night's sleep?

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

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31 January 2004 (USA)  »

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In the closing scene, Joyce is walking from the police station. There's a shot of her from the window which cuts back to the policeman standing in that window. When we see her again, she's not as far along on the sidewalk as she was when they first showed her. See more »

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Older Detective: Look at her go, like all the demons of hell are after her.
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Noise Whimpers Out
11 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

For originality this film rates high. Lance Doty has crafted a screenplay with loads of potential, and instant appeal to anyone who has had their sleep ruined by rotten neighbors. This premise is taken to psychotic lengths, and could have been much, much better. Unfortunately, director Tony Spiridakis seems to have slept through the whole thing. The pacing and camera-work are flat and colorless. He seems to have cast his actors and then abandoned them to their own devices. The only one up to the task was Ally Sheedy, and if not for her, this film would have fallen flat on it's face. Trish Goff, a model in her first film, is supposed to show us the mental disintegration of a young woman -- by degrees -- her fragile mind under assault from her own failures and alcoholism, with her slow collapse considerably hastened by the psychic torture provided by her upstairs neighbor. But Ms. Goff delivers a performance that would barely get her cast in a high school play. She does not inhabit her character; she has no sense of her psychology, no sense of bringing her incrementally to her breakdown. Ms. Goff brings very little to her role at all except what is already built into the script. As she is the pivotal character, and appears in every scene, the whole business bogs down in her flailing search for an appropriate emotion. If a real actress had been cast in this part, the film might have lived up to its promise. As it is, it will quickly be forgotten.


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