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The Perfect Sleep

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A movie directed by Jeremy Alter

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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Director: Jeremy Alter
1 review about The Perfect Sleep

Fascinating but flawed

  • Oct 19, 2009
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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