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sleep furiously. (2011)

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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 Site

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

August 11, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Chicago Sun-Times
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Ultimately, the first impression given - of a place both familiar and strange - is the only impression offered. It's not enough.

July 29, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
New York Times
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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.

July 27, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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A lingering, mildly lyrical look at village life.

July 26, 2011 | Full Review…
Village Voice
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This film is best taken as a visual ode to an all-but-forgotten way of life.

October 7, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Seattle Times
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This is as fully formed and unique a debut movie as you could ever hope to see.

May 29, 2009 | Rating: 5/6 | Full Review…
Time Out
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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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