Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.
Canada/USA/France, 2000. Canal+, Forensic Films, Glaski Productions, TVA International. Screenplay by Michael Walker. Cinematography by Jim Denault. Produced by Thomas Bidegain, Olivier Glaas. Production Design by Daniel Ouellette. Costume Design by Kathryn Nixon. Film Editing by David Leonard.
Jeff Daniels wakes up early in the morning to discover that his wife hasn’t come home since the night before. He phones the police, who try to keep him calm while he waits for hours inside his house for news of her whereabouts. Trouble is, he’s been taking sleeping pills that are playing with his mind, and the house is starting to do some funny things while he waits. Twists keep coming at him as we find out, little by little, the truth of what’s going and, if you’ve seen more than one movie in your life, you’ll know exactly what those twists are. Daniels turns in a solid performance, but Michael Walker’s direction is thoroughly unimaginative and there’s not nearly enough tension sustained throughout the very familiar plot.
Toronto International Film Festival: 2000