Mark Schall kills his mother-in-law and wounds his father-in-law in the middle of the night, then turns himself in. He claims, however, that he cannot remember the crime itself. His defense...
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The portrait of a dysfunctional Nineties suburban family, where behind closed doors, alcohol and rebellion are hidden among the lie of perfection. 15-year-old Deena's sleazy, twisted boyfriend is believed - at first - to be the cause.
Police officer Dirk Hendricks (Bartlett) files an amnesty application for Alex Mpondo (Ejiofor), a member of the South African Parliament who can't remember the torture he once endured as a captive political activist. South African-born attorney Sarah Barcant (Swank), meanwhile, returns to her homeland to represent Mpondo, as well as Steve Sizela, Mpondo's friend who was arrested along with him ... See full summary »
Mark Schall kills his mother-in-law and wounds his father-in-law in the middle of the night, then turns himself in. He claims, however, that he cannot remember the crime itself. His defense team finds evidence that suggests the crimes were committed while Mark was sleep walking. They build their defense around this theory. Written by
Mike Borzumate <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sleepwalking is an interesting concept to explore in a movie. I've never heard of sleepwalking used as a defense before. The movie gives you a good overview of what a sleepwalker goes through. Hilary Swank is good supported by the excellent Sam Anderson as her father. Sean Murray as her brother and Marisa Coughlan as her sister were both good casting. Both are believable as the grieving children & both are adorable young stars. The attorneys, Natalia Nagulich & Lisa Darr, did a superior job at defending their beliefs going at it in the classic legal style. Charles Esten as the accused killer leaves you wondering about what did really happen. His acting was excellent. Good cast and interesting to watch.
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