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Nick Stahl (Sin City), AnnaSophia Robb (Bridge to Terabithia) and Academy Award® winner Charlize Theron
(Monster) star in Sleepwalking, a moving drama about the deep familial bond that develops between James
(Stahl) and his young niece, Tara (Robb) after the girl s mother suddenly leaves town. As old wounds from
James own turbulent childhood begin to reopen, he is forced to re-examine his life and, for the first time, discover
his true purpose. Directed by William Maher from a screenplay by Zak Stanford (The Chumscrubber),
Sleepwalking also stars Academy Award® Nominees Dennis Hopper (Hoosiers) and Woody Harrelson (The
People Vs. Larry Flynt.)
A dark and troubling fable leavened by streaks of hope and redemption, Sleepwalking follows Tara Reedy (AnnaSophia Robb, Because of Winn-Dixie) and her young uncle James (Nick Stahl, Carnivale) after Tara's mother Joleen (Charlize Theron) abandons them. After James loses his job and Tara suffers through the foster-care system, the two set off on a road trip that leads to a heart of darkness: The farm where James and Joleen grew up, where their father (Dennis Hopper) still lives. The bleaker side of Sleepwalking is redeemed not so much by the affection that grows between James and Tara (which feels a bit forced and precious) as by the emotional commitment of the cast. Stahl turns in what may be his best performance yet, delving into the weak and aimless qualities of James yet keeping an active presence in the movie. Robb and Theron, two emotionally compelling actors well-cast as mother and daughter, turn in high-quality performances; Hopper creates another portrait of chilling brutality, all the more terrifying for being so ordinary. The rest of the solid cast includes Woody Harrelson, Matthew St. Patrick (Six Feet Under), and Deborra-Lee Furness (Shame) as a coworker sympathetic to James. --Bret Fetzer
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Purchased this knowing it would not be light fare...it certainly was not.
Interesting cinamatography..good acting but would not see it twice..too oooo. dark.!!Diana b.
Good film. And the price for this film wasn't too shabby either.Published 7 months ago by Amanda & Seth
I do not like negative films that do not lift you up and I take offence with the murder of the Grandfather and abuse of the grandchildren by him. Read morePublished 22 months ago by C.K.
I really can't say I enjoyed this movie. It was extremely bleak. I don't really see the world as its portrayed in this movie.
Can't fault the production value. Read more
I came across this movie by watching the trailer back in 2009 under "independent" films at apple trailers. Everyone that is cast, hits their characters to a T. Read morePublished on August 18, 2013 by Genny
"Sleepwalking" receives a 5 star review.
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