Fans of French cinema and femme fatals will remember actress Anne Parillaud as the titular assassin in director Luc Besson’s 1990 actioner La Femme Nikita. Parillaud’s emotionally and physically balls-out performance quickly launched her career in the Hollywood, leading to roles in the 1992 John Landis vampires-vs-gangsters offering Innocent Blood and the 1998 Randall Wallace adventure The Man in the Iron Mask.
Parillaud, still very hot at 50, continues to work in mostly French productions. In Their Sleep, written and directed by Caroline and Eric du Potet, is no exception. Thankfully for those of us in the States, IFC Midnight is making the horror thriller available via VOD (Time Warner, Comcast, Cox, Cablevision, Bright House) on Friday.
The film’s official synopsis reads:
After the brutal death of her 18 year-old son, Sarah’s (Parillaud) life is in pieces. Late one night, her car accidentally hits Arthur, a young man the same age as her boy, who suddenly emerges out of the forest and onto the road. Wounded and frightened, he is running from a mysterious assailant, hunting him down after Arthur caught him red handed in the act of burglary…
Sarah sympathizes with him, taking him in, only to be tracked down by the burglar whose murderous rage towards Arthur forces her to take action. Unbeknownst to Sarah, things aren’t quite the way they seem… but by the time she finally realizes, it is too late to turn back.
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