Nightmares while awake

And it is her eye that is the first thing we see on screen in Before I Go To Sleep, a psychological thriller, adapted from the best-selling novel of S. J. Watson by filmmaker Rowan Joffe.

The eye is significant because what Kidman’s character Christine Lucas sees when she wakes is a very new day indeed. She is suffering from anterograde amnesia, caused by a blow to the head some years previously, ostensibly in a car accident. This means that she wakes each day with no memory of her past whatsoever. Her patient husband Ben (Firth) has to remind her each

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