The Sleepwalker (2014)



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Shocking family secrets shatter a woman's quiet country life in this psychosexual thriller. Young couple Kaia (Gitte Witt) and Andrew (Christopher Abbott) spend their days restoring her family's sprawling rural estate. Their peace is upended one night when Kaia's emotionally disturbed sister Christine (Stephanie Ellis) shows up unexpectedly, followed by her distraught boyfriend (Brady Corbet). As Christine's behavior grows increasingly unhinged-including an unsettling incident of sleepwalking-long-buried traumas resurface. With a haunting score by Sondre Lerche, director Mona Fastvold keeps the tension mounting as this provocative nerve-jangler reaches fever pitch. (C) IFC Films
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All Critics (13) | Top Critics (6)

The setup has mysterious promise, but the film cheaps out on a satisfying payoff.

Full Review… | November 26, 2014
Entertainment Weekly
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With strong assists from the cinematographer Zachary Galler and her ex-husband, the composer Sondre Lerche, Ms. Fastvold, previously a director of music videos, has painted a resonant tableau of dysfunction.

Full Review… | November 20, 2014
New York Times
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Among the many unanswered questions, I ask: Where do they find this junk, and where do so many amateurs get the money to finance it?

Full Review… | November 19, 2014
New York Observer
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The Sleepwalker distinguishes itself from most entries in this angst-ridden genre by way of superb writing, smoldering performances, and hauntingly beautiful imagery from first-time director Mona Fastvold.

Full Review… | November 18, 2014
Village Voice
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None of the characters is particularly likable or admirable, leaving little opportunity for sympathy or curiosity to penetrate the constantly heightened air of psychodrama.

Full Review… | November 17, 2014
Hollywood Reporter
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Mona Fastvold's consistently intriguing debut may leave audiences feeling it's all buildup and scant payoff.

Full Review… | January 20, 2014
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Quite interesting and mysterious movie that was way too ambiguous but with good performances and cinematography. But still it needed a little more explanation and elaboration on what was going on. ~August 19, 2016~

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