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4.0 out of 5 stars Film Noir On Crack
In a timeless city, a man known as "The Narrator" returns to the violent, brutal domain of assassins he left ten years before; back when they dubbed him "The Mad Monk" for his disregard for his own life and his intense devotion to one woman, Porphyria; a beautiful, luminescent woman; the girl he grew up with; the love of his life; the one thing he has ever wanted; the one...
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2.0 out of 5 stars A winding Film-Noir escapade
A Perfect Sleep is far from perfect but a great watch nonetheless. It follows our nameless hero as he is forced to come back to the art-deco city he left behind swearing never to return in order to save the love of his life, Porphyria (The stunningly beautiful Roselyn Sanchez) who has fallen in with a bad crowd since his departure.

Some of the shots are deeply...
Published on 15 July 2010 by J. Morris


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4.0 out of 5 stars Film Noir On Crack, 23 Jun 2010
This review is from: The Perfect Sleep [DVD] (DVD)
In a timeless city, a man known as "The Narrator" returns to the violent, brutal domain of assassins he left ten years before; back when they dubbed him "The Mad Monk" for his disregard for his own life and his intense devotion to one woman, Porphyria; a beautiful, luminescent woman; the girl he grew up with; the love of his life; the one thing he has ever wanted; the one thing he can never have - fate is a cruel mistress indeed.

Screenwriter Anton Pardoe also stars as "The Narrator" and his performance is exceptional, delivering some of the pulpiest tough guy dialogue your likely to hear all year. He's both emotionally charged and ironically comedic with a film noir grit necessary for a tortured character. The scorching Roselyn Sanchez is cast as The Narrator's muse Porphyria and tantilizingly plays the eye candy role. Tony Amendola's performance as Dr. Hitman steals every scene he's in and left me wanting more of this bizarre lunatic.

Perfect Sleep isn't your typical film-noir, it has a dreamlike quality full of Lynchian mysticism with a prosaic narration to accompany the fever dream imagery; it's low budget but with high productions values; set designs of jaw dropping magnitude; it's been beautifully photographed and has powerful performances from a cast of complex and intriguing characters.

This film might not appeal to the masses but it's definitely an instant winner for anyone who likes to completely submerge themselves into a mind-bending indie flick with a unique vision; it ticks all the right boxes needed to, eventually, become a cult classic.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A winding Film-Noir escapade, 15 July 2010
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A Perfect Sleep is far from perfect but a great watch nonetheless. It follows our nameless hero as he is forced to come back to the art-deco city he left behind swearing never to return in order to save the love of his life, Porphyria (The stunningly beautiful Roselyn Sanchez) who has fallen in with a bad crowd since his departure.

Some of the shots are deeply surreal (high contrast shots of wind turbine fields for example) and the Narrator (Anton Pardoe) often makes a running commentary on the artistic direction, making remarks like "I know it's a cliche but..." and I found this slightly distracting; breaking the fourth wall in a sense. Regardless, it was a cool touch to a very indie-film and made it a memorable experience. I found it hard not to laugh at some of the comments the Narrator makes, they are just so 'cheesy' in a film-noir sense of the word, I couldn't help feeling that it has all been done before (Give 'Em Hell Malone, Max Payne 2 & Sin City to an extent) and that none of it was really anything fresh.

The fight-scenes are laughable as the protagonist's style seems to be "let them beat the hell out of me whilst I wait for something/someone to save me" and partnered with the insane Dr Sebastien (brilliantly played by Tony Amendola) who dictates the biological processes occuring to his victims as they die it just seems a very weak approach for a supposed hitman.

The Narrator even makes the comment "I bet you're thinking this will be one of those films where it all makes sense in the end...nope" and I couldn't agree more. The story is a mess to follow, whilst I am sure it makes sense on paper, on film it just felt like someone had taken the family tree of the characters and just drawn lines between one random point and another (Fathers killing sons, brothers murdering uncles and cousins raising other peoples daughters) very, very confusing, almost intentionally so.

A good film-noir romp, some unique aspects and filmed very artistically. Credit to Anton Pardoe for his gritty & gravelly portrayal of a tortured soul (The Narrator) but ultimately falls short of it's aspirations. Worth a watch if you are a film-noir fan, but otherwise give it a miss.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Like a bad computer game, 9 Nov 2010
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This film was awful. I can see why it went straight to DVD - it's like one of those TV films you see that fill up air time until something worth watching comes on. The whole thing is like something out of a computer game, with tacky dialogue and cliches, at times embarrassingly so. I got this film primarily for the soundtrack which was the best bit about the film - Dave Vanian (singer with The Damned) had a hand in the music although his input seems to last about 30 seconds.
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1.0 out of 5 stars don't bother, 2 Oct 2012
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this has to be one of the few films that i haven't watched to the end after being so very disappointed with.
the trailer points to a action/noir direction which got me interested in watching this. but beware all of the `action' is in the trailer.
so much potential is there for greatness; good actors, good fight scenes, good cinematography with some lovely locations but, utter utter rubbish script/dialogue; so so, so, slow moving i just lost interest with it, trying to be dark brooding and intelligent is one thing but when the script is not paced well and not spoken with any enthusiasm i can only blame the director.

such a miss, even if you love the noir genre
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3.0 out of 5 stars a movie flashback, 2 April 2011
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Not a bad film, done in sequences of flashbacks.

Dominique Vandenberg is only in 2 parts throughout the movie and he steals his scences hands down.

Overall a strange film, needs to be watched a few times for the story to make sense.

Rent the movie first.
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