Who Watches The… Er… Concierge? Sleep Tight Is An Exceptional Bit Of Cinematic Voyeurism

I fell in love with Sleep Tight when it screened at Frightfest last year. It’s the latest picture from Jaume Balagueró, co-director of [Rec] and I think it’s quite easily his best film to date.

Okay, well, I say I loved it. I lurked in the dark, watching it silently. I was sometimes quite thrilled by what I was watching, sometimes holding my breath, but never, ever wanting to look away.

That’s not actually love, and Sleep Tight‘s lead character, César, would do well to realise it.

This film is an exceptional bit of cinematic voyeurism. We watch as César watches, and as he’s excited by what he’s watching, we’re pulled to the edge of our seats by watching him.

Then later, we see that he goes beyond watching… but we’re just useless, transfixed. We can only watch.

The film spins through different, cinematic variations on this voyeurism. Sometimes it uses the limited view point of the audience to great advantage. What we don’t see now pays off later; what we do see now is sometimes revealed to mean something new from a different perspective later on.

Alberto Marini adapted his novel into the screenplay but I can’t imagine that it would work quite so well in prose, where you’re outside of the cycle of voyeurism.

I’m thrilled to hear that Sleep Tight is finally on its way to UK cinemas. I got the news in an e-mail with the two images in this post, so I had to share them. It’s a great film to watch in the dark with a group of strangers.

A note for readers in the US and Canada: the Region A locked Blu-ray is already out. Watching it alone could be another kind of creepy…

 

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