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Before I Go to Sleep (2014)

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A woman wakes up every day, remembering nothing as a result of a traumatic accident in her past. One day, new terrifying truths emerge that force her to question everyone around her.

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Rowan Joffe

Writers:

Rowan Joffe, S.J. Watson (based on the novel by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Nicole Kidman ... Christine
Colin Firth ... Ben
Mark Strong ... Dr. Nasch
Ben Crompton ... Warehouse Caretaker
Anne-Marie Duff ... Claire
Adam Levy ... Ben
Gabriel Strong Gabriel Strong ... Boy on Bike
Flynn MacArthur Flynn MacArthur ... Boy in Dream (as Flynn Macarthur)
Dean-Charles Chapman ... Adam
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Storyline

Forty seven 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 Nebzyl

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Who Do You Trust? See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some brutal violence and language | See all certifications »

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UK | USA | France | Sweden

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Antes de despertar See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,843,347, 2 November 2014

Gross USA:

$3,242,457

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,447,154
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Went #1 at the box office in Poland during its opening weekend. The movie also performed better in the UK, than the US, despite being released in several more theaters in the latter country. See more »

Goofs

Christine first records a video of herself saying, "You're my lover, you're my protector, and my life is nothing, nothing without you." A moment later, she plays the same recording back to her husband, but this time it says, "You're my lover, you're my protector, you're my... you're my everything." Later on, she plays it back again, and again it is slightly different: "You're my lover, you're my protector, you're my everything." See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Christine: Who are you?
Ben: I'm your husband... Ben.
Christine: What?
Ben: We got married in 1999. That was 14 years ago. Christine, you're 40.
[hands her her clothes]
Ben: You had an accident. It was a bad accident. You had head injuries. And you have problems remembering things.
Christine: What things? What...?
Ben: 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.
Christine: I'm scared.
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Spoofs Fringe (2008) See more »

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You Keep Me Hangin' On
Performed by The Supremes
Written by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier (uncredited) and
Eddie Holland (as Holland, James Jnr)
Published by Jobete Music/EMI Music Publishing Ltd
Courtesy of Motown Records
Under license from Universal Music Operations Limited
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Interesting idea but ultimately mediocre
7 September 2014 | by Red-BarracudaSee all my reviews

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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