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Saturday, 16 November 2013

Review: SLEEP TIGHT (MIENTRAS DUERMES) (EUFF 2013)

A superbly-crafted psychological thriller that gives a new meaning of "invasion of privacy". 


The name of director Jaume Balaguero might not struck a chord for most mainstream viewers, but he is best known for co-directing the highly-popular Spanish shockers, [REC] and [REC 2] with Paco Plaza. For his solo effort here in SLEEP TIGHT, which was originally released in 2011, Balaguero trades gore and violence with psychological tension. The result is a slow-burning, but hugely rewarding and effective thriller that explores the darkest nature of how far a man can go to violate someone's privacy.
WHAT IS IT ALL ABOUT?

Luis Tosar plays Cesar, a concierge working at Art Nouveau apartment building in Barcelona. He's easy to get along with, and he's particularly fond of Clara (Marta Etura), a beautiful resident who always smile a lot. But beneath his easygoing manner, Cesar is actually a very depressed person and a sick individual who doesn't hesitate to let himself into her apartment when there's no one in. Well, what happens next... you just have to see it for yourself.
THE GOOD STUFF
 
Theme that involves "invasion of privacy" is nothing new, but Balaguero and writer Alberto Marini manages to spin a fresh perspective that feels wholly original. The way how Cesar goes extreme length to invade Clara's apartment is so disturbing, until it makes you shudder to think if this really happens to you in real life.

Balaguero is also an expert in building suspense layer by layer that gives you a sense of genuine dread and creepiness. Every technical details here are impeccably staged. And same goes with all the excellent actors here. Luis Tosar is particularly disturbing as Cesar, which can easily placed him alongside Anthony Perkins' Norman Bates in PSYCHO (1960) as one of the screen's creepiest psychos ever created in the cinema. Co-star Marta Etura is exceptionally delightful as Clara.

MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT(S)
 
The nail-biting moment when Cesar tries to escape from Clara's apartment without being detected by her and her boyfriend, Marcos (Alberto San Juan).

THE BAD STUFF
  
From start till the end, SLEEP TIGHT leaves me intrigued. And it's pitch perfect until I can't think of a single flaw here.
  
FINAL WORDS

SLEEP TIGHT is one of the best psychological thrillers ever made. This is the kind of movie that would make Alfred Hitchcock proud. Be sure to check this one out.

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