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Chasing Sleep (2000)

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Ed Saxon (Jeff Daniels) is an English professor of some repute whose life is thrown into serious chaos when his wife, Eve, fails to return home one day. After a sleepless night, Ed phones the police, who find no trace of Eve, save her abandoned car. Later Ed, by now exhausted and disheveled, is visited by a young student (Emily Bergl) who is concerned about his absence from class and has stopped by to drop off some food for him. The student has an obvious attraction towards Ed, and he lets her in the house, where she has an accident that results in a nosebleed and a blood-soaked sweater that she leaves behind. Inevitably, detectives come calling on Ed, who is close to a fatigue-fueled nervous breakdown and nearly loses it completely. His fragile state is further exacerbated when he discovers a mysterious object under a chest of drawers, causing him to veer more precipitously towards an all-encompassing emotional collapse.

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Cast

Jeff Daniels
as Ed Saxon
Gil Bellows
as Det. Derm
Zach Grenier
as Geoffrey Costas
Ben Shenkman
as Off. Stewart
Jeff Solano
as Neighbor
Michelle Held
as Mrs. Mastrioni
Dennis North
as Detective Mazurek
Patrick Moug
as Detective Snyder
Eros Ion Biox
as Bathtub Baby
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Critic Reviews for Chasing Sleep

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

It boasts impressive formal construction, beautiful cinematography and excellent acting.

Full Review… | July 20, 2002
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Long, introspective, indulgent cinema is certainly here to stay - let's try for something a little, well, better.

Full Review… | June 21, 2007
Film Scouts

...a wonderfully creepy riff on Polanski's Repulsion...

Full Review… | October 2, 2002
Reel Film Reviews

...A gem well hidden on video store shelves beneath artwork that makes it look like a quick cash-in on the success of What Lies Beneath.

Full Review… | April 28, 2002
Film Freak Central

A disappointment from start to finish.

Full Review… | March 31, 2002
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for Chasing Sleep

A silly bit of nonsense that is supposed to be art house but ends up being outhouse. Jeff Daniels tries but he can't lift this out of the rubbish bin.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

½

Really weird, but good weird. I'm not sure what all the imagery means, but it's an interesting trip.

David Underwood
David Underwood

Interesting psychological thriller. Best way to describe it is "nightmarish" - in that it feels like you are in the main character's nightmare. Ambiguous nature of the film may put off some, though.

Paul Cardullo
Paul Cardullo

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