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Schlafkrankheit (Sleeping Sickness) Reviews

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February 3, 2016
Must be a timing thing. I really liked this set & setting, and the story too as I remember it.
November 8, 2014
Yes, this was excellent film-making.
December 16, 2013
Would go well in a triple bill with "Coup de Torchon (Clean Slate)" and "Blood Diamond". Good to see Pierre Bokma in lead role outside of Dutch cinema (there's not much there for him, too big for his own country). I did wish the end was a bit more meaty, a bit more punchy, more dramatic.
January 30, 2013
It is a French-speaking German film about life of development work in a land far away told through several people involved in it especially how it affects the personal life the lead character who dispensed with his family and the end he encountered after being stubborn with the work he continued instead of return to his home country.
½ August 26, 2012
"Sleeping Sickness" cuenta la historia de dos doctores europeos en Africa y a pesar de que podría haberse convertido fácilmente en un melodrama político acerca de la intervención extranjera y la falta de recursos, esta se enfoca en sus personajes y nunca se vuelve manipuladora.
Los doctores y sus historias son interesantes y aunque la cinta no sabe resolver su conflicto principal y su final se siente un tanto abrupto, "Sleeping Sickness" es estimulante en su manera directa de abordar sus temas. Es una coproducción alemana que vale la pena ver.
June 5, 2012
The experience of watching this movie felt like reading a sophisticated poem. It seems gibberish at first. Then it suddenly appears profound. Just when you start to recognize the hidden motifs, you feel lost again.
½ November 13, 2011
Did not disappoint at all. An intoxicating thriller about losing humanity in the heart of corruptible Africa that will not be seen and pigeon-holed in the "arthouse" category.
½ November 9, 2011
Bokma gives a fine portrayal of an individual hardening towards ingratitude, enjoying all the perks of a white man in Africa while remaining wholly oblivious to the workers in his rear-view mirror. In the meantime, our eyes are allowed to grow used to the dark: we squint, peer harder, and become better, more patient viewers for it. Are the two doctors representative of an alliance, some growing detente between these continents? Or is the sickness too great, and will the film tear apart once more? Kohler keeps us guessing right through to the concluding night hunt, where the presence of rifles is hardly a reassurance - we're left hanging, much as Europe is implicitly accused of leaving Africa hanging for centuries. It is, nevertheless, a credible limbo: eerie, and free from exoticism or sentiment, and climaxing in an extraordinary final image (and a weirdly apposite final soundtrack choice). Literary in the best possible sense, this is a calm, focused, truly Conradian piece of storytelling.
September 19, 2011
Einfach furchtbar. Der Film hat gute Ideen aber entwickelte sie nicht. Die Schauspieler sind nicht ganz schlecht aber die Handlung ist verwirrend und schwer zu folgen. Als Kunst ist dieser Film auch nichts besonders. Manchmal kann einer Film nicht bezaubernd sein, aber nur wenn er zum Nachdenken anregend ist. Am Ende hat man nur eine Frage: Was?
½ September 12, 2011
Drama about health officials in Cameroon. This seemed like two separate films - neither of them interesting - tied up with a cutesy ending.
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