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The Perfect Sleep (2009)

 -  Action | Drama | Romance  -  13 March 2009 (USA)
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Against the backdrop of a noirish dreamscape, a tortured man returns to the city he swore he would never return to, in order to save the woman he has always loved yet can never have.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anton Pardoe ...
The Narrator
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Walter (as Anthony Dee)
David Beck ...
Walter's Goon
Ken Clark ...
Walter's Goon
Ryan Fitzgerald ...
Walter's Goon
Jimmy Hart ...
Walter's Goon
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Porphyria
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Scout Alter ...
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Young Nikolai
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Tatiana
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Sergei
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Kolya (as Dimitri Boudrine)
Stefan Pardoe ...
Ganya
Said Bakouch ...
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Against the backdrop of a noirish dreamscape, a tortured man returns to the city he swore he would never return to, in order to save the woman he has always loved yet can never have. Written by anonymous

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Rated R for violence, some language and brief drug use | See all certifications »
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At about ten minutes and eighteen seconds into the film, The Narrator is awoken by a car horn outside the "warehouse". He gets up, on his knees, using the cane for support. Then the camera switches to a shot of Walter laying on the ground, his cane visible and also lying on the ground. In the next shot, Walter's cane is in The Narrator's hand again. See more »

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The Narrator: [first lines - surveying windmill park] I know. I know what you're thinking, not the first to use it. But with a visual like this, what does it matter. So much can be drawn, endless numbers in constant motion, yet rooted in the ground. Would be easy to point out how so many turn in the same way, but never quite together. And then, there is my favorite.
[one not turning]
The Narrator: There are those who could use poetic imagery to comment on tilting at these modern windmills. Me, I just like the way they look.
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The Haunted Theater
Written and Performed by Greg Kuehn
Courtesy of Peligro Music
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An endangered species
24 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Perfect Sleep, while not a brilliant film does represent the ever-shrinking genre of watchable neo-noir. While it's certainly flawed, it lacks much of the intentional overly complex that robs many similar movies of their enjoyability (why watch a movie that's needlessly hard to follow?). Then again, it's not exactly a movie you can switch your brain off for.

Normally someone would put some sort of plot synopsis here, but if you've ever seen any type of noir film you know such an endeavor is pointless. They're usually a bit hard to follow and that can be part of their intrigue. Most noir-ish films rely heavily on the dialog (usually in ways that most people would never use in regular conversation), characters of moral ambiguity, and comparably lavish sets. The Perfect Sleep is no different, with the possible exception of most action sequences involving martial arts. Not sure I'd seen that before.

All in all the film comes out looking a lot like a seriously less flashy and more intelligent version of Sin City or The Spirit (the latter being complete garbage). That's actually a big plus for me as a fan of (some) noir films. While I enjoyed Sin City I always felt like it was just trying to do too much visually that took away from an arguably cool story, so that actually works well for me. Aside from the somewhat vague plot I'd say this would be at least enjoyable for fans of the genre. You don't see too many of these films these days and you see ever fewer done well.


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