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Mientras duermes (2011)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Thriller | 14 October 2011 (Spain)
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You wake day after day to the comfort and security of your home. But how safe is it really?

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Jaume Balagueró

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Alberto Marini (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Luis Tosar ... César
Marta Etura ... Clara
Alberto San Juan ... Marcos
Petra Martínez ... Sra. Verónica
Iris Almeida Iris Almeida ... Úrsula (as Iris Almeida Molina)
Carlos Lasarte ... Vecino 4ºB
Amparo Fernández Amparo Fernández ... Mujer de la limpieza
Roger Morilla Roger Morilla ... Joven de la limpieza
Pep Tosar ... Padre de Úrsula
Margarita Roset Margarita Roset ... Madre de César
Ruben Ametllé Ruben Ametllé ... Trabajador Oficina 1
Manel Dueso Manel Dueso ... Comisario (as Manuel Dueso)
Tony Corvillo ... Policía 1
Ricard Sadurní Ricard Sadurní ... Policía 2
Xavier Pujolràs Xavier Pujolràs ... Policía 3
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Storyline

Apartment concierge Cesar (Luis Tosar) is a miserable person who believes he was born without the ability to be happy. As a result, he decides his mission is to make life hell for everyone around him. A majority of the tenants are easy to agitate, but Clara (Marta Etura) proves to be harder than the most. So Cesar goes to creepy extremes to make this young woman mentally break down. Things get even more complicated in this twisted relationship when her boyfriend, Marcos (Alberto San Juan), shows up.

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Taglines:

Someone is Watching Over YOU.

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

14 October 2011 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Sleep Tight See more »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (DVD film)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

"Mientras Duermes" is the name of the television program for which the journalist "Ángela" works, on the film "REC" by director Jaume Balagueró. See more »

Goofs

Cesar uses Chloroform on Clara using a cloth, several times. She is rendered unconscious in seconds, yet when Cesar spills it straight on his face he is able to stagger around the apartment and even make it to the bathtub. See more »

Quotes

César: Happy... That's exactly my problem. That I can't be happy. I never have been. Not even when good things happen to me. You can't imagine what it means to wake up every day with no motivation. The effort it takes me to find a reason, just one, not to let it all go to Hell. And believe me, I give it my best shot. My very best. Every day of my life...
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I Got To Have Your Love
Written by Dennis Coffey, Lawrence Perry and James Epps
Performed by The Fantastic Four
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While you were sleeping... examining the dark sides of the seemingly harmless.
6 December 2012 | by nitzanhavocSee all my reviews

As a Horror fan, I like watching at least one Horror film every day (when I get the chance), and recently I've noticed a certain pattern in Thriller Horror films: they're mostly Thrillers with some touch of Horror and not basic Horror. Mientras Duermes (Sleep Tight) is a perfect example.

The real horrifying part of this film is that it plays on the small fears that regular people have, even if only at the back of their minds subconsciously. Having someone bluntly invade your privacy without you knowing it, being blackmailed for something you've done, getting old alone and becoming the gray figure neighbours pretend to be nice to - these are only some of the examples.

The story is original and clever, and unfolds only towards the middle. The acting is right on the spot. Everything is done just the way it should. This film takes the audience to the darker places of their emotions and thoughts, but not in an obvious blunt way like most Horror films, but in a deceptive and clever way. Very artistic.

There's an old saying - "there are no bad people, only people who have it bad". This film truly examines that statement, both philosophically and physically. I don't know if I could truly say I enjoyed watching it, but I'm glad I did, and I think so would you!


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