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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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Remember Who To Trust. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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

In the novel, Christine's diary is in the form of a journal / notebook, whereas in the film it is a camera. 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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Featured in Projector: Before I Go to Sleep (2014) See more »

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Girls On Top
Written by Nina Ossoff, Dana Calitri and Martin Briley
Published by Wild Pink Music / Speak-A-Mouse Music / Martin Briley Music / BOK Music / Dana Calitri Music
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Well-Made Psychological Thriller
9 September 2014 | by philipmagnierSee all my reviews

I'd actually read the book before seeing this film so it was a question to ask ourselves: can we be bothered? In the event, it was worth it and I found that I was submerged in the film during the showing.

It's the sort of film that doesn't get made very much now in these days of big budgets, explosions, and cartoonish characterisations. But I'm glad it appears on the big rather than the small screen of TV because they brought in really good actors in the three leads. Particularly in the case of Nicole Kidman, she downplays her looks to come across as an ordinary woman approaching middle age, a brave choice for an actress.

The big surprise to me was Colin Firth who is way outside his normal range here and completely credible in the role. Mark Strong also is good in portraying a psychiatrist with empathy.

The film is very sombre but this is appropriate for the subject matter and really the director and cinematographer deserve a lot of credit for catching the uneasy tone of the book.

The reason I don't give it a rating higher than 7 is the unnecessary slasher scenes which could I think could have been done without so much blood and violence. Modern filmmakers should pay more attention to the work of someone like Hitchcock who suggested the gore rather than shoved your face in it. Still a mature film well worth seeing.


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