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  • Summary: A young couple, Kaia and Andrew (Gitte Witt and Christopher Abbott), spend their days restoring her family's sprawling rural estate. Their peace is upended one night when Kaia's emotionally disturbed sister Christine (Stephanie Ellis) shows up unexpectedly, followed by her distraught boyfriend (Brady Corbet). As Christine's behavior grows increasingly unhinged—including an unsettling incident of sleepwalking—long-buried traumas resurface. [IFC Films] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Violet Lucca
    Nov 18, 2014
    90
    Just in time for Thanksgiving, it's your yearly "hell is family members" film. However, The Sleepwalker distinguishes itself from most entries in this angst-ridden genre by way of superb writing, smoldering performances, and hauntingly beautiful imagery from first-time director Mona Fastvold.
  2. Reviewed by: Rodrigo Perez
    Nov 16, 2014
    83
    A darkly mysterious and extremely accomplished first feature.
  3. Reviewed by: Andy Webster
    Nov 20, 2014
    70
    With strong assists from the cinematographer Zachary Galler and her ex-husband, the composer Sondre Lerche, Ms. Fastvold, previously a director of music videos, has painted a resonant tableau of dysfunction.
  4. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Nov 16, 2014
    63
    The film soon settles into a confident, well-staged groove, primarily because of two unambiguously terrific performances.
  5. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Nov 16, 2014
    60
    A consistently intriguing psychodrama that may nonetheless leave many viewers feeling that it’s all buildup and scant payoff.
  6. Reviewed by: Justin Lowe
    Nov 16, 2014
    40
    Fastvold and co-writer Corbet subscribe to the less-is-more branch of screenwriting, assuming that audiences will be drawn in by the air of mystery surrounding the sisters, when in fact the lack of narrative detail is consistently off-putting.
  7. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Nov 19, 2014
    25
    It’s obvious that something got lost in translation.

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