DVD: In Their Sleep (Dans Ton Sommeil)
Quietly unsettling psychological thriller
Opening on a shot of a woman reclined on the grass, it is the first of many scenes in writer/director siblings Caroline and Eric Du Potet’s psychological thriller that are not quite what they seem.
Sarah (Anne Parillaud, best known as Luc Besson’s Nikita) is in the depths of grief following the sudden death of her teenage son. Late at night, she comes across a young man covered in blood on a stretch of woodland road, claiming a mysterious assailant is pursuing him.
Parillaud’s taut, suspenseful performance provides a strong central focus, assisted by an understated and eerie soundtrack. The directors continually play with the story’s timeline, showing various scenes from different perspectives until eventually the whole picture is revealed, giving the opening sequence a quite different meaning. Quietly unsettling.