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sleep furiously. (2011)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 26
Fresh: 18
Rotten: 8

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

Average Rating: 7.1/10
Reviews Counted: 6
Fresh: 5
Rotten: 1

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

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 436

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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. … More

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Unrated
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Documentary , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for sleep furiously.

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (8) | DVD (1)

"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 New York
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

Zzzzz...

Full Review… | November 14, 2011
Film Threat

Sleep Furiously returns again and again to this idea of transition: seasons change, cows go out to pasture and come in for milking, piglets are born, lambs follow their mothers as dogs herd them. Farming traditions are dynamic.

Full Review… | September 8, 2011
PopMatters

A paean to a way of life that, regardless of Dylan Thomas' furious injunction, is going gently into that good night.

Full Review… | July 29, 2011
Film Journal International

Beautifully shot but more than a little sterile.

Full Review… | July 29, 2011
Boxoffice Magazine

A certain polite withholding, even if it masks some firm conviction or desire, seems to be a coin of the realm in Trefeurig, so it may well be apt that Koppel often films in a register very close to this one.

Full Review… | July 28, 2011
Nick's Flick Picks

If you love Dylan Thomas (who doesn't?), then you will love this film.

Full Review… | July 28, 2011
rec.arts.movies.reviews

A paean to the dignity of ritualized traditions that aims for poetic calmness, but more often smoothes its subjects into deliberately emblematic somnambulism.

Full Review… | July 24, 2011
Slant Magazine

Great claims have been made for it, which I cannot endorse, Koppel's stated intentions being infinitely more arresting than the completed film.

Full Review… | June 2, 2009
Observer [UK]

Sleep Furiously may be the most beautifully elemental documentary film to have emerged in Britain in over a decade and I can't applaud it loudly enough.

Full Review… | May 29, 2009
This is London

Even though it's sometimes picturesque and involving, it's also so achingly slow and indulgent that it will test even the most patient viewers.

Full Review… | May 29, 2009
Shadows on the Wall

Images of wistful sadness - lone figures with plodding dogs on rain-lashed hillsides - are interlaced with humour and moments of skin-prickling beauty that leave the audience undone.

Full Review… | May 29, 2009
Times [UK]

The film has richness and an unshowy compassion, its grammar and pace adjusting to the tempo of the countryside.

Full Review… | May 29, 2009
Guardian

Sleep furiously is a film whose lower-case title is in perfect keeping with the understated but tremulous mood it manages, with rare skill, to create and to maintain.

Full Review… | May 29, 2009
Daily Telegraph

A poetic, profound and contemplative journey into a world of endings and beginnings.

May 29, 2009
Little White Lies

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.

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