Rowan Joffe‘s direction of Before I Go To Sleep (2014), from a novel by S.J. Watson, is pleasantly sensitive to the film’s eerie material. His screenplay is suitably penned. Mystery lies atop mystery for a woman (Nicole Kidman) so abused she is temporarily brain-damaged.

Kidman knows how to be anguished, is never false. Colin Firth is richly effective. There are too many mentions of adultery in the tale, but the small Sleep is a scary pleasure. To the critics who dislike it I have a ho-hum reaction.