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WATCH: Psychological Thriller 'Before I Go to Sleep' Gets Its First Trailer

Photo of Jacob Combs By Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood July 3, 2014 at 10:03AM

S.J. Watson's debut novel "Before I Go to Sleep" follows a woman suffering from anterograde amnesia: each day, she wakes up with no idea of who she is and must put together the pieces from a journal she has been keeping.
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Nicole Kidman (Before I Go to Sleep)

S.J. Watson's debut novel "Before I Go to Sleep" follows a woman suffering from anterograde amnesia: each day, she wakes up with no idea of who she is and must put together the pieces from a journal she has been keeping.

In "Memento," Christopher Nolan's remarkably artful amnesia film, Guy Pearce used Post-it notes, Polaroids and tattoos on his own body to solve a murder.  In "Before I Go to Sleep," Christine, the protagonist, tries to find the truth behind the attempt on her own life that caused her amnesia, while being guided (or perhaps manipulated) along the way by her husband and doctor.

Rowan Joffe ("Brighton Rock") directed the film adaptation of Watson's novel, due out September 12 in the U.S.  The film stars Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong and is produced by Ridley Scott.  Check out the first trailer for "Before I Go to Sleep" below, as well as its striking poster, after the jump.


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.