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* RealityEnsues: [[spoiler: A rare thriller where the BigBad attempts to kill the protagonist but neither dies. Christine overpowers Mike but does not require killing him to escape and he is anticlimactically arrested afterwards with no implications he will escape, despite the mostly offscreen events seemingly implying such at first.]]


[[caption-width-right:350: Before I Go To Sleep.]]

''Before I Go To Sleep'' is a 2014 British/American Mystery/Thriller based on the 2011 novel by S.J. Watson. It stars Creator/NicoleKidman as Christine Lucas, who wakes up each day with no memories of a chunk of her life. Every day she has to be reminded of who she is by her husband, Ben (Creator/ColinFirth) and come to terms with her life. When a neurologist, Dr Nasch (Mark Strong) contacts her to help her rebuild her memories and her life, all is not quite what it seems.

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[[caption-width-right:350: Before I Go To Sleep.]]


''Before I Go To Sleep'' is a 2014 British/American Mystery/Thriller based on the 2011 novel by S.J. Watson. It stars Creator/NicoleKidman as Christine Lucas, who wakes up each day with no memories of a chunk of her life. Every day she has to be reminded of who she is by her husband, Ben (Creator/ColinFirth) and come to terms with her life. When a neurologist, Dr Nasch (Mark Strong) (Creator/MarkStrong) contacts her to help her rebuild her memories and her life, all is not quite what it seems.


* PlayingAgainstType: Mark Strong as the kindly Dr. Nasch. [[spoiler: Colin Firth is also in a rare villainous role.]]


''Before I Go To Sleep'' is a 2014 British/American Mystery/Thriller based on the 2011 novel by S.J. Watson. It stars Nicole Kidman as Christine Lucas, who wakes up each day with no memories of a chunk of her life. Every day she has to be reminded of who she is by her husband, Ben (Colin Firth) and come to terms with her life. When a neurologist, Dr Nasch (Mark Strong) contacts her to help her rebuild her memories and her life, all is not quite what it seems.

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''Before I Go To Sleep'' is a 2014 British/American Mystery/Thriller based on the 2011 novel by S.J. Watson. It stars Nicole Kidman Creator/NicoleKidman as Christine Lucas, who wakes up each day with no memories of a chunk of her life. Every day she has to be reminded of who she is by her husband, Ben (Colin Firth) (Creator/ColinFirth) and come to terms with her life. When a neurologist, Dr Nasch (Mark Strong) contacts her to help her rebuild her memories and her life, all is not quite what it seems.

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** Even before that, for viewers who pay close attention, is [[spoiler: "What does Ben look like?"]]


* MamaBear: Christine, ''in spades''. She's pissed off when Ben reveals they had a son together and neglected to tell her about him. [[spoiler: And even moreso when Mike accidentally reveals Adam s still alive- it's what gives her the strength to fight back against him.]]

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* MamaBear: Christine, ''in spades''. She's pissed off when Ben reveals they had a son together and neglected to tell her about him. [[spoiler: And even moreso when Mike accidentally reveals Adam s Adam's still alive- it's what gives her the strength to fight back against him.]]


In the book, Claire works out that Mike is not Ben based exclusively on Christine's comments about him. She doesn't have contact details for Ben. In the film, Claire contacts Ben separately, and subsequently realises the problem. Which means Film Claire has had contact details with Ben for years. Dr Nasch tells Christine that Claire has been trying to contact her, yet she didn't think to call Ben at all?

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** In the book, Claire works out that Mike is not Ben based exclusively on Christine's comments about him. She doesn't have contact details for Ben. In the film, Claire contacts Ben separately, and subsequently realises the problem. Which means Film Claire has had contact details with Ben for years. Dr Nasch tells Christine that Claire has been trying to contact her, yet she didn't think to call Ben at all?


* AdaptationInducedPlotHole: In the book, Claire works out that Mike is not Ben based exclusively on Christine's comments about him. She doesn't have contact details for Ben. In the film, Claire contacts Ben separately, and subsequently realises the problem. Which means Film Claire has had contact details with Ben for years. Dr Nasch tells Christine that Claire has been trying to contact her, yet she didn't think to call Ben at all?

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* AdaptationInducedPlotHole: AdaptationInducedPlotHole:
In the book, Claire works out that Mike is not Ben based exclusively on Christine's comments about him. She doesn't have contact details for Ben. In the film, Claire contacts Ben separately, and subsequently realises the problem. Which means Film Claire has had contact details with Ben for years. Dr Nasch tells Christine that Claire has been trying to contact her, yet she didn't think to call Ben at all?

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* AdaptationInducedPlotHole: In the book, Claire works out that Mike is not Ben based exclusively on Christine's comments about him. She doesn't have contact details for Ben. In the film, Claire contacts Ben separately, and subsequently realises the problem. Which means Film Claire has had contact details with Ben for years. Dr Nasch tells Christine that Claire has been trying to contact her, yet she didn't think to call Ben at all?
** The film does not make it clear how long Christine has been living with "Ben", which raises the question of how the real Ben has not noticed his wife was taken from the mental health facility he had put her in. In the books, Christine has only been gone a few months, which is explained by Ben being on a long-term business trip abroad.


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* QuestForIdentity: Christine is trying to recover the memories of her life.



* QuestForIdentity: Christine is trying to recover the memories of her life.

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* AgeLift: At forty, Christine is nearly a decade younger than her forty-seven year old literary counterpart. Correspondingly, this applies to certain other characters such as Ben and [[spoiler: Mike]]. More significantly [[spoiler: this results in Christine's son, Adam, being de-aged from a 19 year old with a live-in girlfriend, to a pre-teen boy]].

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* AmnesiacDissonance: Christine doesn't believe she is the kind of person who would [[spoiler: cheat on her husband]], to which Dr. Nash rightly tells her that she can't know for sure. [[spoiler: Turns out that she ''did'' cheat on her husband after all.]]
* AmnesiacLover: Christine.

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* ExtremelyShortTimespan: [[spoiler: Technically, the events of the film happen over the course of a single day, with an epilogue set the next morning. While the bulk of the film concerns the events of the last two weeks, they are depicted as flashbacks, representing what the protagonist is learning from her video diary.]]


* PlayingAgainstType: Ben Kingsley as the kindly Dr. Nasch. [[spoiler: Colin Firth is also in a rare villainous role.]]

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* PlayingAgainstType: Ben Kingsley Mark Strong as the kindly Dr. Nasch. [[spoiler: Colin Firth is also in a rare villainous role.]]


* MamaBear: Christine, ''in spades''.

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* MamaBear: Christine, ''in spades''. She's pissed off when Ben reveals they had a son together and neglected to tell her about him. [[spoiler: And even moreso when Mike accidentally reveals Adam s still alive- it's what gives her the strength to fight back against him.]]


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* PlayingAgainstType: Ben Kingsley as the kindly Dr. Nasch. [[spoiler: Colin Firth is also in a rare villainous role.]]
* PrecisionFStrike: "Stay the fuck away from my wife."


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* WhyDidYouMakeMeHitYou: [[spoiler: Mike in the climax, when he slams a door into Christine's face after pretending to let her out.]]

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