Turin, 1983. Commissioner Moretti (Max von Sydow) tells to a boy: “I’ll catch the killer of your mother, I’ll catch him for all my life”. Same town, 17 years later. The murderer is back (he is not dead, as people thought for a long time), he attacks two girls and a long strip of blood begins. The boy now is an adult and when he meets the old Moretti they decide to close the case forever. To do it they must solve the puzzles of the killer, nicknamed The Dwarf: where the corpses are found, there is always a piece of paper with the form of an animal. And in a mysterious house is hidden a poem titled “The animal farm” but it’s not the Orwell novel… it’s a clue. —IMDb
Dario Argento was born on September 7, 1940 in Rome, Italy. He is the first born son of famed Italian producer Salvatore Argento and Brazilian fashion model Elda Luxardo. Argento recalls getting his ideas for film making from his close knit family and from Italian folk tales told by his parents and other family members, including an aunt who told him frightening bedtime stories. Argento based most of his thriller movies on childhood trauma, yet his own, according to him, was a normal one. Along with tales spun by his aunt, Argento was impressed by stories from The Grimm Brothers, Hans Christian Andersen, and Edgar Allan Poe. Argento started his career writing for various film journal magazines while still in his teens attending a Catholic high school. After graduation, instead of going to college, Argento took a job as a columnist for a roman evening newspaper, Paese Sera. Inspired by the movies, Argento later found work as a screenwriter and wrote several screenplays for a number of… read more
Classic Argento. Women in peril, nursery rhymes, animal symbolism, amateur sleuths and playful self-reflexivity; Sleepless has it ALL! The film is also fairly stylish (in the ridiculous way that Argento films often are), with the tracking shot along the opera house carpet rivalling Tenebrae's famous Louma crane shot for its sheer, brazen audacity. The always excellent Max von Sydow brings an obvious touch of class.