In Their Sleep

Synopsis: Sarah and her husband have moved to a house in the country; their son, Loic, a college student, chaffs at the isolation and a tragedy occurs. A year later, Sarah lives alone in the house; distracted by grief, she's sent home from her hospital job at 2 AM. Police on the road warn her of burglaries in the area, then a young man, much like her son, flags her down: he surprised a burglar at his house, and he's being chased. He is Arthur. Sarah gives him a lift, and soon a car is in pursuit. A long night ensues with flashbacks to crimes and chases; can Sarah protect Arthur as she would her own son?
84 min

- I don't hear what you say.

- With luck, we are ready in September.

Don't do it, Loic. You can quit

after the intermediate examination.

There's no reason to

hurry to the last minute.

- How is it? - He goes out two days

before the intermediate examination.

Only one hour to relax.

- That doesn't seem reasonable.

- Shut up!

You always agree with Mom.

Like moving into this hole.

- We have discussed it...

- Really? I wanted to stay in the city.

- Don't take the tone of dad.

- Where are you going?


The living room with tiles

and paint takes time.

Is it smart to have a stone wall

in the hallway?

Relax. He'll get over it.

He mustjust get used to it.



- Sarah, May I have a talk to you?

- Now?

You gave Mrs. Lacombe a too high dose.

Luckily we reacted so quickly.

- I don't understand. I was sure...

- I'm not stupid.

- I don't understand. I was sure...

- I'm not stupid.

I know you work a over-time.

I closed my eyes for it.

Look atyourself!

You are unable to work.

It's been a year now.

You must start to live again.

Go home now. Anaiis works instead of you.

- Don't come back before Monday!

- Okay.

Are you alright?

I heard the head nurse was sour.

I've heard about the some sleeping pills.

I can find out more, if you want.

- So kind. I must go.

- Okay, then. Bye.

Good evening, ma'am. Police.

May I see your identity card, thanks.

Here you are.

- Do you live nearby?

- A little further away, near Bisheim.

I work at Haguenau Hospital.

Have you seen anything unusual tonight?

A car that's been driving strange?

Have you seen anything unusual tonight?

A car that's been driving strange?

No. I've hardly seen any cars.

- What happened?

- Two houses were robbed.

Everyone is on vacation

so the thieves have good days.

Every thing's fine.

You can go on.

Have a nice evening.

Keep your eyes open.

Time 2.00.

Good night, everybody.

You'll manage. I'm sorry.

You appeared in the dark.

- Help me.

- Come on! I'll help you up.

Take care for the head.

- Can you walk?

- Help me, please.


Relax. I'll take care of you.

- Jump in! We'll drive.

- What is it?

- Drive, quick!

- What happened?

- Faster, faster!

- I can't.

Who's he? What does he want?

He's crazy.

What do you want?

What did you do out there?

Did you escape from someone?

From this man? Do you know him?

What happened to you?

You can tell me.

I saw his face.

I surprised the robber in our house.

I came home from a party.

My parents are on holiday.

He assumed that no one was home.

I saw his face.

Therefore, he's after me.

Perhaps itwasn't him.

Why did he Iet us be otherwise?

He could have blocked the road.

What do you think?

The big bad wolf

is far enough away now.

You're probably right.

- Where are we going?

- To my home. I'll be bandaging your arm.

- Where are we going?

- To me. I'll be bandaging your arm.

- My name is Sarah, by the way.

- Mine is Arthur.

- Does it hurt?

- No, it's okay.

You don't need to sew.

Itwon't not be any scars.

- I was driving too fast.

- You haven't done this.

What do you mean?

He had a carpet knife.

When I tried to escape...

Why didn't you say anything?

We must do something. He's dangerous.

- Call the police?

- We havn't got a phone.

- What will you do?

- It's 20km to the police...

- I won't go out again.

- He's crazy. He must be stopped.

If we meet him?

We wait until tomorrow.

We spend the night here, Sarah.

I'm scared.

I feel safe in your house.

Ok. But we'll go

as soon as it gets light.

Are you sure your parents

don't worry?

They are overseas. They don't phone before

on Monday. I'm actually an adult.

You'll need it. It's cold

at night. I took this too.

- Your T-shirt is dirty.

- Thank you.

Excuse the mess.

My husband is handy...

- Moved back to town.

He never completed thejob.

You Iook good in it.

You can keep it if you want.

- Have you Iost something?

- My Iocket. The chain must be broken.

It must be here. We're going to Iook

in the morning.

No, I've got to find it now.

My parents will kill me otherwise.

- They'll understand for sure.

- You don't know them.

- Do you want to see a photo?

- Sure.

You have a nice family.

Why aren'tyou with?

I always take the pictures.

I go to bed.

Wake me if you need anything.

I never sleep very deep anyway.

Good night, Sarah. Thanks again.

Good night, Arthur.

What are you doing here?

Who gave you permission? Outwith you!

You don't belong here.



Stop it!

- Arthur?

- My ankle.

Hold on to me!

- We take his car.

- It's too far away.

- He'll get us.

- This way. Fast.

There he is.

What's he doing?

Stop it!

I'll kill you!

You have two messages.

Hi, Michel. It's Mom.

I hope itwentwell

and that the weather was good.

Call me and tell thatyou've

come home. Suss, buy.

It's Fabrice. I'm back from

New York. You would have Ioved it.

Especially their TV-mad son.

It's like one single film.

Goodbye, call me!

Take it easy, little monster.

Last Man to his room.

So wonderfuI to be home.

- Fixed the alarm?

- Yes, I don't know what happened.

It's been broken before.

We need to buy a new one.

- We should get a dog.

- Yes, like Laetitia has.

It's a Yorkshire terrier.

- Have you called your mother?

- Yes, she's concerned when we travel.

- When will she?

- Next weekend. She wants to meetyou.

Then I know someone who gets spoiled.

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