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Hypersomnia (2016)

Hipersomnia (original title)
A young actress rehearsing for a play about human trafficking begins to relive terrifying scenes that may be dreams -- or an alternate reality.

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Gabriel Grieco
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yamila Saud ... Milena / Laly
Gerardo Romano ... Federico Del Pino
Jimena Barón Jimena Barón ... Lola
Vanesa González Vanesa González ... Roxy
Candela Vetrano ... Malu
Florencia Torrente Florencia Torrente ... Yasmin
Nazareno Casero Nazareno Casero ... Nico
Sofía Gala ... Laura
Gustavo Garzón ... Miguel Ángel
Belén Chavanne ... María
Fabiana Cantilo Fabiana Cantilo ... El Jefe
Peter Lanzani ... Rino
Chucho Fernandez Chucho Fernandez ... El Manco
Daniel Valenzuela Daniel Valenzuela ... Lopez
Claudia Cantero Claudia Cantero ... Emilia
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Milena is a rookie actress who aspires to get the leading role in a theater play. But in order to get it she will have to accept some disturbing games proposed by the director that turn her body into an object of desire and possession. As she gets into the character she plays onstage, between rehearsal and rehearsal, they start to sink in trances that connect her to a sinister place where she is held in captivity and sexually exploited by a web of human trafficking. Milena travels from one reality to another without understanding which the true world she inhabits is, while the parallel universes superimpose each other more and more and their borders fade. With this new incursion into horror after his previous film, Still Life, Gabriel Grieco directs and co-writes with Sebastián Rotsein a thrilling tour-de-force in which the topics of American gothic intermingle with elements much closer to home and more everyday, but equally horrifying.

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El miedo es real. [Fear is real.]


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Country:

Argentina

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

30 March 2017 (Argentina) See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$84,893
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Dolby Digital

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Uninteresting, unrealistic, leaves a bad taste in your mouth.
15 June 2017 | by soapwoolSee all my reviews

There are some films that are so bad they're good, some that are overall bad but are worth watching for some interesting concepts brought up or other redeeming qualities - but I just don't recommend watching this one at all. It would be more valuable to take the premise and write something yourself, as that might be at least a little more interesting (and original).

As others have stated, there are many directions this film could have gone, and nearly all of them might have been better.

The premise quite nicely allows for intrigue and horror aspects throughout, but the climax and resolution which that world leads up to are simply disappointing (and gross).

The characters are two-dimensional and mostly either bland, forgettable or unbearable (or perhaps both, unbearable in their blandness). Not to mention completely unrealistic. Motives are not clear, or legitimate motives are not present throughout. On top of this, motives are blurred even more by stupid plot-twists.

Many loose ends, ideas abandoned within minutes of their introduction, never to be brought up again.

There is nothing new here - we've got trope-filled exploitation, unlit torture rooms*, hardened victimised prostitute girls, some tacky and pointless gore, insects in stomachs**, and, drum-roll... a cheap resolution backed by cheesy pop-style music. Leaves a bad taste in your mouth and completely devalues the rest of the movie (assuming it had anything of value).

As for a PSA about human trafficking… it almost seems insulting. In fact, as mentioned in the credits themselves, there are thousands of cases of human trafficking per year - it seems insensitive to dramatize the issue unrealistically, and then pointless to watch this unrealistic movie about it when it's already happening on such a large (considering) and terrible scale.

*Which at first I questioned... Sure, it's atmospheric, but I feel being trapped in a constantly brightly-lit place would be terrible too, mess with your circadian rhythm in a terrible way. I realised it's most likely because bringing in electricians raises your risk of being caught.

**Not sure what's with this theme in horror - bugs are friends.


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