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The Perfect Sleep (2010)

Roselyn Sanchez , Jeremy Alter  |  R |  DVD
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Roselyn Sanchez
  • Directors: Jeremy Alter
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 16, 2009
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001UW59M6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,671 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Perfect Sleep" on IMDb

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  • Writer, Director and Producer Commentary
  • Stills Gallery

Editorial Reviews

Set in a unique world of darkness and tragedy, a tortured man with no name returns to the city in which he swore he would never return, in order to save the woman he has always loved yet can never have.

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating but flawed October 19, 2009
Format:DVD
The cinematography is classic and extremely stylish (if self-indulgent) film noir. The plot provides excellent opportunities to intrigue us. The narrative of the unnamed protagonist-assassin is overblown in the extreme -- at times lending structure to the plot and at other times ranging from enigmatic to incomprehensible.

The assassin without a name (who is part samarai, part kick boxer, and part masochist) loves a beautiful woman he was raised with -- why? There are so many questions about why somebody wants to kill someone else? Interesting characters who seem significant drop in for a few minutes until they are killed without clear motives. Ultimately, he must kill or be killed by the man who raise him or the woman he loves, but can never possess, will be killed.

The plot is more Russian than anything else, and the movie untimately inhabits that uneasy space between action movie and film noire. While the acting and directing is very solid, the movie is overall far too pretentious, and its self-indulgence ultimately spoils an otherwise satisfactory ending. The sound track was also indecipherable at times.

That said, the actors all give fine performances in this ultimately unsatisfying movie, and the locations and cinematography make this a worthy view.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfection and imperfection June 14, 2009
Format:DVD
I had ordered this because of Patrick Bauchau (in two great movies of late - Gray Man and Chrysalis) but I was actually surprised in not having heard about this film otherwise. It is a solid film in the noir category, but also manages to cover some other themes with tragedy and narrated over-indulgence. The cover art puts this as a Goodfellas meets Chinatown, which yes there are gangsters, tragic bloodlines, fate and love lost, but this has to stand alone in its own little category of a freshman tragedy film like no other. The director, writer and main star are all first timers (I don't count their short film from 10 years ago) and I think they made a watchable film.

The story follows our main character as he seeks retribution, revenge and paternal knowledge to his existence, as all he has known is pain, mobsters and more pain. The first 25 minutes of the film are a long narration about his birth into a crime family and painful adolescence. Lots of flashbacks, lots of angst, and lots of violence. If you can keep track of the genealogy thrown at you for this long, then the constant beatings and killings this character partakes in later, can be a welcome change.

The filming is well done, the narration and writing are heavy, but they manage to get some self-aware moments in there that make you laugh, and at the same time make you realize they aren't taking themselves too seriously. The sound can be either 5.1 or 2.0, and a small picture gallery is included. Would have preferred for there to be supplements and a cleaner picture, but it is still a recommendation. The humorous supporting cast make for a well-rounded noir that I think most supporters of this genre will like (the doctor describing to his victims how they are dying as he kills them, the vigilante cop that kicks a perp down the city hall steps, the philosophical physician that works better after shooting up, etc.)

This film did not get the best reviews, but I think it is worth a shot.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Self-indulgent, pointlessly byzantine pseudo noir July 9, 2010
Format:DVD
Perfect Sleep is ridiculous. It wants to be every noir ever made, using all their tropes and cliches while thinking it's both celebrating and mocking the genre in its sad post-modernist deconstructive cinematic onanism.

What emerges (barely) from this ooze is a well-shot film that looks good but feels like a failed term project from a fine cinematographer saddled with a crappy writer who thinks he can laugh at noir conventions while providing none of their satisfactions. The narrative goes non-stop the first 20 minutes and is pointlessly twisted, giving us zero reason to care about anyone or anything. Part of the joy of noir is being SPARE...not throwing every narrative idea and the kitchen sink as well into the pot.

The acting is a joke, ditto the direction. Watch The Big Sleep or Chinatown or The Maltese Falcon or DOA or Double Indemnity and then watch this for some true perspective. They are art at a high level; this is pretension at a high level.

Absolutely unrecommended for any fan of noir, unless you want to turn off the sound and make up your own story and dialogue. Not a bad idea, actually. You could not do worse than this Perfect Mess.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome movie! November 27, 2011
By Gman992
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
If you love really weird thriller, then this movie is for you...Senorita Sanchez is hot and sexy! A must see!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ok take on film noir November 23, 2010
By dannho
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This review is for the Amazon VOD rental of this film. This film is very hit and miss.
The film is well shot with some beautiful scenes. I found the narrative over every scene
to be a drawback. The narrator/main character seems to speak non-stop without telling
the viewer much of anything. I give the film high points on ambition but it fails to
deliver on it. I have to say Roselyn Sanchez is a very good actress and such a lovely
woman but even she can not overcome the material she is working with.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth it!!! June 12, 2009
Format:DVD
I wish this had been in theaters instead of all the horrible studio movies that get put in there. Lot of fun!!!!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Extremely disappointing! January 30, 2014
Format:Amazon Instant Video|Verified Purchase
I purchased this because I wanted to see another movie with Roselyn Sanchez. I think she's a talented actress, very beautiful, and I have enjoyed her in Without a Trace and Devious Maids. But this monstrosity is unfathomable. The voice-over narration is annoying and monotonous. There is no story or character development.

I watched it three times in succession, yet I still have no idea what the point was. I went to imdb and tried to give a chance before watching it a second time. Alas, this movie is hopeless. And what a shame for several fine actors that appear in it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Just Ok
The movie wants to be gritty and noir, but it falls short. Not a bad movie, just doesn't get where it wants to go.
Published 10 months ago by J. R. O. Neal
3.0 out of 5 stars Odd
Interesting style narrative. The plot was fair but not much production quality. I would not recommend it unless you re a b-movie fan.
Published 10 months ago by BPL
1.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Bore
How did this piece of trash get made? Can't believe they spent this kind of money and wasted so much talent to make this dud.
Published 12 months ago by Wilbur W. Lewis
1.0 out of 5 stars Lame
I was soooooo disappointed in this movie!!! The cheesy narration just killed it for me!!! I got tired of hearing the guy by the first 5 mins and found myself wishing, oh so hoping... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Musij
3.0 out of 5 stars Highs and lows
It started off a little slow, didn't progress to much from there. Story line was ok at best. The action was ok. Read more
Published 13 months ago by S. Lupinacci
1.0 out of 5 stars Narrated? Really?
OMG horrible! The entire movie is narrated by the main character. By a guy whose acting skill is only marginally better than his ability to speak in a style that is normally... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Neal
2.0 out of 5 stars More than 10 minutes ...
2009R: I'll try again on a night when I have patience to listen to more than 10 full minutes of a narrative introduction. MFJLabs 2x
Published 14 months ago by MFJLabs
2.0 out of 5 stars Great images, horrible noir.
The cinematography of this film is amazing. Unfortunately, that is the only good thing the movie has.

The writing is horrible. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Rob
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time
Nope. .... Here are a few more words for you in case you need them. This movie was not worth watching.
Published 20 months ago by J. Cavanaugh
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