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Tosar creates a Fascinating Nightmare,
This review is from: Sleep Tight [DVD] (DVD)
'Sleep Tight' (Spanish: 'Mientras Duermes') is a Spanish psychological-horror thriller film that released in 2011 to a fantastic widespread response.
The movie centers around César (Luis Tosar) who is the head concierge in charge of a block of flats. The movie shows how he makes all the residents lives a misery in order to cure his unhappiness, which has been with him since birth.
The film starts in a calm manner indicating that we're in for a generic drama/thriller or something even less. Boy, was I wrong! The film gets creepy, sinister, weird and hits you on the head like a juggernaut. I was compelled with this fascinating cinema. The tension/suspense hits a high with so many twists. Combined with some humor, which oddly works, you're in for a thriller treat.
The feature only works because of Tosar's award-winning, vicious and disturbing performance. He became my favorite Spanish actor after his powerhouse acting in 'Celda 211' (Cell 211), which released in 2009. He does bad things in this movie, I mean really bad things, still you don't want him to get caught. The way he acts with his hypnotic eyes, the audience gets behind him, which shouldn't be the case ethically. In the end, like me, you'll end up being complicit in his crimes. That for me is a proper actor, one who has complete power and control over the audience (or just me). Marta Etura who is the lead actress, is beautiful and a joy to watch as the happy and innocent Clara. Another actor worth a mention is Iris Almeida who enacts the role of Ursula, the cheeky schoolgirl. She's Tosar's nemesis in the film. Their exchanges and mind games are a delightful watch.
The direction by Jaume Balagueró for me was of Hitchcockian style that flourishes. Some pivotal scenes have been executed with brilliance and leave a lasting impression.
There are negative points, first aspect is César's motives in what he does and to what lengths he goes to. I wasn't convinced with the extremities of his actions. The other point is the background music score by Lucas Vidal. The score sounded like you're watching a feel-good romantic comedy or something. In short, wrong kinda music, unless the makers were being intentionally deceiving for some reason.
'Mientras Duermes' is unsettling with a top villain making sure you'll never sleep tight again.