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sleep furiously. (2011)



Critic Consensus: This poetic and tender portrait of a Welsh village is a slow moving yet elegantly accomplished British documentary.

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Sleep Furiously is set in a small farming community in mid Wales, about 50 miles north of Dylan Thomas' fictional village of Llareggub - and there is a sense in which this is a film 'for' Dylan Thomas, if not a contemporary translation of 'Under Milk Wood'. This is a place where Koppel's parents - both refugees - found a home. It is a landscape and population that is changing rapidly as small scale agriculture is disappearing and the generation who inhabited a pre-mechanised world is dying out. Much influenced by his conversations with the writer Peter Handke, the film maker leads us on a poetic and profound journey into a world of endings and beginnings; a world of stuffed owls, sheep and fire. Allied to a soundtrack by the revered electronic musician Aphex Twin sleep furiously is lyrical film making at its best. -- (C) Official Sitemore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
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On DVD: Nov 15, 2011
Bard Entertainments - Official Site

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All Critics (27) | Top Critics (6)

"Sleep Furiously" is a lovely film, but maddeningly complacent.

Full Review… | August 11, 2011
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Ultimately, the first impression given - of a place both familiar and strange - is the only impression offered. It's not enough.

Full Review… | July 29, 2011
New York Times
Top Critic

Gideon Koppel's free-form portrait of a Welsh farming community may be the most subtly poetic piece of cine-anthropology to come down the pike in eons.

Full Review… | July 27, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

A lingering, mildly lyrical look at village life.

Full Review… | July 26, 2011
Village Voice
Top Critic

This film is best taken as a visual ode to an all-but-forgotten way of life.

Full Review… | October 7, 2010
Seattle Times
Top Critic

This is as fully formed and unique a debut movie as you could ever hope to see.

Full Review… | May 29, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for sleep furiously.

Lyrical , poetic, impressionistic picture of rural Welsh life which oozes warm emotion from every frame. Ode to a way of life that is disappearing day by day. That feeling of sad nostalgia never overwhelms the director, though and he has crafted a thing of beauty.

Gordon Anderson

Super Reviewer

This documentary unfolds very slowly, using a series of scenes depicting life in Trefeurig, the rural Welsh farming community where the filmmaker grew up. I particularly enjoyed a sequence in which a conductor rehearses an off-screen choir, intercut with some visually stunning landscapes. What isn't here are answers to questions that some viewers may have about the residents shown on screen or events that have occurred. This film is best taken as a visual ode to an all-but-forgotten way of life.

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