Chasing Sleep (2000) - Rotten Tomatoes

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.more
Rating: R (violence, language)
Genre: Horror, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: ,
Written By: Michael Walker, Michael Walker
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 16, 2001
LionsGate Entertainment

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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 (9) | Top Critics (3)

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

Full Review… | July 20, 2002
Chicago Tribune
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Full Review… | June 6, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | April 24, 2002
Chicago Reader
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

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


This is just a genuinely strange little ditty. I really enjoyed it and Jeff Daniels is actually pretty good.

Patrick Dolan

Super Reviewer


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

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