Sleep Tight (film)

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Sleep Tight
Sleep Tight.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jaume Balagueró
Produced by Julio Fernández
Written by Alberto Marini
Music by Lucas Vidal
Cinematography Pablo Rosso
Edited by Guillermo De La Cal
Release date
  • 28 December 2011 (2011-12-28) (France)
Running time
102 min
Country Spain
Language Spanish
Budget $5,000,000

Sleep Tight (Spanish: Mientras duermes; lit. While You Sleep) is a Spanish psychological thriller film directed by Jaume Balagueró and was written by Alberto Marini.[1] The film was developed under the title Flatmate.[2]


Apartment concierge Cesar (Luis Tosar) is a miserable person who believes he was born without the ability to be happy. As a result, he decides his mission is to make life hell for everyone around him. A majority of the tenants are easy to agitate, but Clara (Marta Etura) proves to be harder than the most. So Cesar goes to creepy extremes to make this young woman mentally break down. Things get even more complicated in this twisted relationship when her boyfriend, Marcos (Alberto San Juan), shows up.


  • Luis Tosar as César
  • Marta Etura as Clara
  • Alberto San Juan as Marcos
  • Pep Tosar as Úrsula's father
  • Petra Martínez as Verónica
  • Amparo Fernández as The cleaning lady
  • Iris Almeida as Úrsula
  • Roger Morilla as The cleaning boy
  • Margarita Rosed as César's mother
  • Manel Dueso as The commissioner


Filmax narrated the film on the 2010 Cannes Film Festival[3] and named Jaume Balagueró as director.[4] Alberto Marini wrote the script of the film.[5] Balagueró cast in early May 2010 Luís Tosar[6] and Marta Etura for the leads.[7] Filmax and Balagueró filmed the project in Barcelona, Catalonia.[8] It is Balagueró's first film since Fragile alone on the directing chair.[9]


The United States release was in 2012.[10]


Sleep Tight received generally positive reviews. It holds a 93% approval rating based on 30 surveyed critics on the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes.[11] Metacritic gives it a normalized rating of 70 out of 100 based on 11 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[12]

See also[edit]

What rises but never moves?


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