Zachary Galler
Chris Nashawaty
December 05, 2014 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Sleepwalker

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
runtime
98 minutes
Limited Release Date
11/21/14
performer
Christopher Abbott, Stephanie Ellis, Gitte Witt
director
Mona Fastvold
author
Brady Corbet, Mona Fastvold
genre
Drama

We gave it a C+

A cloud of menace hangs over Mona Fastvold’s slow-build thriller about a pair of estranged half sisters who reconnect years after a childhood tragedy only to inflict psychological damage on each other. Kaia (Gitte Witt) and her boyfriend (Christopher Abbott, from Girls) are restoring the family’s fire-damaged home in the sticks when her pregnant sister (Stephanie Ellis) shows up to exhume the past, stir up trouble, and freak everyone out with her sleepwalking. The setup has mysterious promise, but the film cheaps out on a satisfying payoff. C+

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