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Sleepless Night (2011)

Tomer Sisley , Dominique Bettenfeld , Frederic Jardin  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tomer Sisley, Dominique Bettenfeld, Joey Starr
  • Directors: Frederic Jardin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Tribeca
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2012
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008DHG9R0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,881 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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SLEEPLESS NIGHT tells the story of Vincent (Tomer Sisley, The Burma Conspiracy), a respected and dedicated police officer - or so it seems. After he and a colleague are recognized while stealing a massive bag of cocaine from drug dealers employed by local mob boss Marciano (Serge Riaboukine, Mondays in the Sun), Vincent quickly finds himself trapped in a situation that no parent would envy: His son has been kidnapped with the promise of execution if he doesn't immediately deliver the bag back to its rightful owner. Vincent heads to Marciano's nightclub on the outskirts of Paris to make the swap, but competing interests and misplaced loyalties soon threaten to complicate the exchange. The ensuing game of cat-and-mouse quickly spirals into madness, sprawling across every seedy back room and pulsating, claustrophobic inch of the crowded dance floor. With enemies on all sides and time working against him, the night to come might not only be the longest but also the last for Vincent and his young son.

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  • An Interview with the Cast of SLEEPLESS NIGHT, Presented by American Express
  • In French with English Subtitles


"Like Die Hard meets 24 by way of Taken." --Slashfilm

"If the Oscars® added a category for Best Action Movie, it would be a shoo-in." --IFC News

"A brilliant, frenetic action film." --Indiewire

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The French thriller "Sleepless Night" is a movie that pulls no punches. It doesn't have lofty goals or meaningful subtext and that's perfectly all right. It aspires to entertain by being a mean and relentless excursion into action movie mayhem and it easily succeeds as one of the year's most exhilarating adventures. By serving up a high octane thrill ride, "Sleepless Night" becomes (for me) one of the year's biggest surprises. In case you can't tell, I really loved this down and dirty film! From a plotting standpoint, you've certainly seen it all before. There are good cops, bad cops, drug lords, and local gangsters all on the prowl for a cache of narcotics. What makes the movie so enjoyably twisted, however, is that most of the action takes place in an immense nightclub on the outskirts of Paris. The various parties collide or evade one another in congested parking lots, busy kitchens, labyrinthine back offices, rollicking dance floors, and bustling pool halls. This is one hot club! I want to go there NOW!

The movie starts out on familiar territory. A car chase and shoot-out results in the theft of a rather large bag of drugs. All is not how it would seem, however, as the major players have conflicting alliances. I won't divulge too much, part of the film's pleasure is how the revelations unfold as the action progresses. In the midst of the set-up, we're introduced to a local police officer played by Tomer Sisley. Sisley is in the middle of several rival factions, and his son is taken as a pawn to manipulate him. This leads all the key players to the aforementioned nightclub and this is where all bets are off. The pacing is fast, the scenarios are clever, and the staging is perfectly constructed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's like a high tension wire. May 1, 2012
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This movie really moves! I caught it online because I missed it during the tribeca film festival, but I'm glad I saw it. It's a thriller where a dirty cop's son is kidnapped, and in his pursuit to return to the life he had, he takes paths in which there is no going back. What is refreshing is that this movie "goes there" in that it not so much breaks cliches as ignores them, and as this thriller veers aways from the familiar formula of thrillers, you start to realize that you have absolutely no idea what is going to happen next.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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The story is about this dirty cop who steals drugs from the bad guy. The bad guy abducts his son asking him to return the stolen drugs. The bad guy got into trouble with a "badder" guy from West Indies, because he could not deliver the drugs. The dirty cop goes to the night club owned by the bad guy to free his son. Pretty much rest of the whole movie unfolds in the night club. A sequence of events happen and another dirty cop gets involved too. It may sound complicated but I was able to follow the plot with no problem. The issue I have with the movie is that so much of crap goes on in the club from people trying to kill each other to the people actually dying and no one calls the police. I don't know how things work in Paris, but if this club was in the U.S., the swat team would be on the premises locking down everything.

The hero, the dirty cop and the dirtier cop, the villain, are almost super humans. Another guy would have broken his back by falling on the steps, but not here. The villain is some kind of a super human, who keeps coming back more energetic after every beating.

It could have been a great movie, but sadly, it was not.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "BRILLIANT, SUSPENSEFUL, THRILLING!" August 6, 2012
Vincent is a police officer, but is also involved with drug deals and the mob. His involvement with the mob gets more-and-more dangerous as he makes deliveries, pick-ups, and promises. After he gets into deep trouble from problems with the mob, his son is kidnapped. The clock ticks fast as time is not on his side, and his situation could be tragedy for him and his son. Action-Packed, edge-of-your-seat suspense, and thrilling from start to finish. Highly Recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Action, tension and realistic hand-to-hand combat December 17, 2012
Before this fine French film gets Hollywoodized, as I'm sure it will, check out this lean action thriller. Tomer Gazit Sisley plays Vincent, a cop who also does a little side business robbing mobsters of their drugs and reselling them to others. During a heist on neighborhood streets, he is stabbed and identified by the local mobster, Marciano (Serge Riaboukine).

Marciano abducts Vincent's 15 year old son, Thomas (Samy Seghir)and holds him for ransom. The rest of the movie takes place in a suburban Paris nightclub run by Marciano. It seems Vincent is also being watched by a pair of police internal affairs officers. Vincent attempts to return the satchel of cocaine, but through a well-orchestrated series of events, it is misplaced.

Beautifully directed by Frederic Jardin, this low-budget film is full of action, tension and hand-to-hand combat within the confines of the packed club. There are a couple twists included to keep it all interesting, but in the end it's hard not to root for Vincent's relentless effort to rescue his son. Terrific film.
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Tomer Sisley is an amazingly intense actor! I just discovered he's a stand-up comedian, which I find a little hard to believe since he plays such serious, intense characters in both of the movies I've seen him in (this and The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch). I have no idea what kind of characters he's played in other films, though, since I haven't seen them. I just would never have guessed he was a comedian.

This is a good movie, but if you don't like to read subtitles, then this might not be for you. Otherwise, if you're a fan of fast-paced, gritty (French) thrillers, then you should check this out. Tomer Sisley apparently likes to do his own stunts, and his character (Vincent) gets beat on quite a bit in this movie (I kept wondering how much more he could take, until he finally gets knocked out!), but it's not crazy, over-the-top violence a la Quentin Tarantino. It's "normal"...whatever that is! LOL! You know what I mean. There's some blood, but not too much. I mean, Vincent is a cop who's tangled up with bad cops and drug dealers, so of course there's going to be some violence...

Anyway, if you're a fan of other French actors like Jean Reno, you might like this too.

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3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay
Very good movie.
Published 1 month ago by WJ Bossard
4.0 out of 5 stars It's amazing how many Israeli actors play Arabs
This film is an adrenalin rush, 80% one location, handheld camera, ultra-violent thrilling ride. German born to Israeli parents of Russian and Yemenite origins Arab looking Tomer... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jon Stevens
5.0 out of 5 stars okay but acting could have been better
not really my style wrong language it was okay
Published 2 months ago by TELLING THE TRUTH EVEN IF IT HURTS
5.0 out of 5 stars Super cool movie
It was suspenseful, very interesting, and with great fight scenes. Most of all it was not a predictable bad vs good guys story. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Levi H. Noir
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT
Love anything Amazon...started watching Toper SIsly with Heir Apparent and really would like to see anything he does as a movie as he is great and I know people will love him as an... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Carolyn L. Puccini
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't keep me awake
The acting was good but the story gets stuck in the middle and just goes on toooo long with the chase scene. Read more
Published 10 months ago by L. Roth
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, if you forget the inconsistencies
A seemingly crooked cop races through a nightclub to save his son.

Lots of action. Well staged. Plenty of "why doesn't he just...". Read more
Published 12 months ago by Lee Herman
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting
The bulk of this movie takes place in one night in a nightclub. It's tight on space and time with pacing that keeps you glued to your seat. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Hans Solo
3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmmmm...
I'm a bit conflicted about this film. While I thought the cast was good, the storyline lacked just a bit. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Nickymn
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting take on an old story
The director managed to put everything together in a nightclub. Everything happens in the night club. Read more
Published 15 months ago by sam
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