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
Douglas Crosby ...
Veteran Cop
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Larry
Jeridette Donaldson ...
Margaret's Assistant
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Hank
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Young Detective
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Chief Copy Editor
Craig Gass ...
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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Thriller | Drama

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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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The Dark Descends  »

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The first night in the apartment scene her cigarette has a long ash then a short ash then the same long ash as before. See more »

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[last lines]
Older Detective: Look at her go, like all the demons of hell are after her.
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thought provoking
24 April 2004 | by (Winston-Salem, NC) – See all my reviews

I saw this film last night as part of the River Run film festival in Winston-Salem, NC and found it to be quite entertaining. The trailer seemed interesting so I figured I'd give it a shot. While watching, you can clearly see the mental breakdown of the main character Joyce and I found it easy to identify with some of her "issues." It has some explicit language and some brief nudity but that shouldn't really be a big problem. A day later, I'm still putting pieces of the movie together in my head. The ending also grabs you at a point where you feel the most vulnerable, much as Joyce is in the movie. All in all, a very good independent film. I recommend it if you have the opportunity to see it.


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