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The Perfect Sleep (2009)

Against the backdrop of a noirish dreamscape, a tortured man returns to the city he swore he would never return to, in order to save the woman he has always loved yet can never have.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anton Pardoe ...
The Narrator
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Walter (as Anthony Dee)
David Beck ...
Walter's Goon
Ken Clark ...
Walter's Goon
Ryan Fitzgerald ...
Walter's Goon
James Hart ...
Walter's Goon (as Jimmy Hart)
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Porphyria
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Young Porphyria
Scout Alter ...
Young Narrator
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Young Nikolai
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Tatiana
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Sergei
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Kolya (as Dimitri Boudrine)
Stefan Pardoe ...
Ganya
Said Bakouch ...
The Maharajah
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Against the backdrop of a noirish dreamscape, a tortured man returns to the city he swore he would never return to, in order to save the woman he has always loved yet can never have.

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Rated R for violence, some language and brief drug use | See all certifications »
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Goofs

At about ten minutes and eighteen seconds into the film, The Narrator is awoken by a car horn outside the "warehouse". He gets up, on his knees, using the cane for support. Then the camera switches to a shot of Walter laying on the ground, his cane visible and also lying on the ground. In the next shot, Walter's cane is in The Narrator's hand again. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Sebastian: [lecturing his stab victims] Even now your lung collapses - hardly fatal, but oh so painful. Yet I know what you're thinking: what if both lungs are pierced? I can assure you, the resulting death takes far longer than it should under the watchful eye of a merciful God. But, as with all things, our very biological structure promises that if it be now, it is not to come. If it be not to come, it will be now. If it be not now, yet it will come. Good sirs the readiness is all.
[finishes them off]
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Featured in Do Not Go See the Perfect Sleep (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Born To Be Wicked
Written, Performed and Produced by David Vanian
Backing Vocals by Anton Pardoe
Guitar by Eddie Munoz and Mike Wilcox
Bass Guitar by Chris Gibbs
Keyboard by Dave Sobel
Drums by Rosie Curtale
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Nice looking picture that functions poorly from self-indulgence
15 August 2010 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The Perfect Sleep is a prime example of a B-movie film noir. It recalls the methods of Tarantino in that its direction shows a love for movie making. Unfortunately the downs of this outweighs the ups.

What we have here is a deliciously gorgeous picture, well shot, but also equipped with a screenplay which tries too hard to be something that is out of reach. The story is convoluted, messy, with pretentious dialogue, and too many characters whose functions are minimal. It is a delightful film to look at, but an impossible one to invest in. It is as if the makers of The Perfect Sleep would rather have the viewers acknowledge that they are watching a movie rather than be involved.

I enjoyed watching one illustruious image after another, but I could not follow this movie at all. The Perfect Sleep is basically a film that likes to show off, but not everything gets through to us.


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