A former British Army officer, who was tormented as a prisoner of war at a Japanese labor camp during World War II, discovers that the man responsible for much of his treatment is still alive and sets out to confront him.
Forty-year-old Christine Lucas wakes up in bed with a man she does not know, in an unfamiliar house. The man explains that he is her husband, Ben, and that she suffered brain damage from a car accident ten years earlier. Christine wakes up every morning with no memory of her life from her early twenties onwards. Christine receives treatment from Dr. Nasch, a neurologist at a local hospital who provides her a camera to record her thoughts and progress each day, and calls her every morning to remind her to watch the video in the camera. Soon, she starts to discover the truth around her. Written by
This was the last feature film to use Fuji 35mm film stock. Production of this film stock ceased at this time. See more »
During the scene at the cafe in the park, when Christine and Claire are discussing Ben, the background keeps changing from near to long range. 'The Gerkin' appears in long range between the two characters one minute, then it has completely disappeared the next. There is a also a lady sitting behind to the left of Claire, who has vanished when they stand up. See more »
Who are you?
I'm your husband... Ben.
We got married in 1999. That was 14 years ago. Christine, you're 40.
[hands her her clothes]
You had an accident. It was a bad accident. You had head injuries. And you have problems remembering things.
What things? What...?
Everything. You store up information for a day, and when you wake up in the morning, it's all gone. You're back to your early 20s. You'll be okay. Just... trust me.
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You Keep Me Hangin' On
Performed by The Supremes
Written by Brian Holland (I)', Lamont Dozier (uncredited) and Eddie Holland (as Holland, James Jnr)
Published by Jobete Music/EMI Music Publishing Ltd
Courtesy of Motown Records
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The premise of Before I Go to Sleep is quite a good one. A woman wakes up each day with no memory beyond her early twenties; soon she begins to realise that some dark secrets are being hidden from her. It's sort of in similar territory to Christopher Nolan's early neo-noir Memento (2000), which was also a mystery/thriller about a character with a short-term memory loss condition. Like that one, here one of the interesting angles is that the central character has no idea if their friends really are friends or actually enemies. It's true that several aspects of the storyline require you to stretch your belief somewhat; however, many thrillers are similar in this respect, so this wasn't such a deal-breaker for me. The problem I essentially had is that while the idea may be pretty intriguing, ultimately the pay-off is somewhat mediocre and conventional. Piece by piece the puzzle is slowly unravelled but it doesn't end up presenting us with a picture that is very inspired or interesting and you sort of ask yourself 'is that it?'
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