IN THEIR SLEEP
Reviewed by: Ryan Doom
Caroline du Potet, Éric du Potet
Arthur Dupont and Thierry Frémont
What's it about
A broken woman comes home from work to discover the police are looking for a burglar. On her way home, she picks up a man on the highway who is being stalked by a supposed killer. Strange things unfold.
Is it good movie?
In Their Sleep perhaps isn’t the most inventive thriller of all time, but I’ll say this. It’s a gritty, brutal, and an authentic movie. Not in the sense of it being a fake documentary or anything, because it’s not that. No, it rings true based upon emotion, the acting, and the violence. While the plot is anything but new and fresh, the execution of the film felt true and unique. Of course, that could come from it being a French film…but I don’t think so. For one, lead actor Anne Parillaud plays one sad woman. Shit just doesn’t work out for her after her son falls into a coma, leaving her life to fade away. But when she meets a mysterious young man on the road, things seem to take the right turn as the film appears to be a story about redemption. However, this is a horror flick, and you know things just ain't going to work. Quickly, her new young project, who she seems to be trying to replace her son with, might not be all he seems. He’s a creep for sure, but there’s something more.
Now I'm purposely trying not to ruin any twists and turns that In Their Sleep takes. It might be relatively obvious what happens, but I hate to be that jerk and reveal everything. So instead I’ll say that the killer here is one sadistic son of a bitch. He’s one the more interesting killers I’ve seen in quite a while. He doesn't say a lot. He doesn't do a lot. Hell, his weapon is nothing more than a box cutter. But he’s cold hearted enough that he’s just damn frightening. In one scene, he slices the throat of every family member in a house leaving only a little girl to survive…until he sees her. He chases her down the stairs and as she attempts to run out the front door, he catches up with her and slashes her poor little neck. A rough scene to watch because it felt real. The killer never really slaughters in any other way than that box cutter to the neck, yet there’s something about it. Something horrible coming from such a small ordinary weapon.
Video / Audio
Wasn't listed, but it was widescreen and it sounded good. Subtitled because it's a French flick.
Notta, it was a screener.
In Their Sleep was one of the more interesting and captivating movies I've seen in quite some time.