The Perfect Sleep

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A marvel of budget-stretching innovation, this comic-book noir plays like a cross between Zentropa and Memento without the pretentiousness. Witty, self-aware and consistently compelling, The Perfect Sleep revels in its contrivances: A nameless hood (Pardoe) haunts various L.A. cinematic landmarks looking for a lost love (Sanchez) among the Russian underworld. It’s a one-joke vehicle that goes on for too long, but like the titular ideal slumber its antihero calls “the ecstasy of the unlikely,” Alter’s film is a rare pleasure.

Release details

Rated: R
Release date: Friday March 27 2009
Duration: 99 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Jeremy Alter
Screenwriter: Anton Pardoe
Cast: Anton Pardoe
Roselyn Sanchez
Patrick Bauchau
Peter J Lucas