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Sleep Furiously

September 9, 2010

Sleep Furiously (2007)
Director: Gideon Koppel

Synopsis: Life in an isolated Welsh coastal community….

Review: Watching Sleep Furiously is a form of submission – there are no narrative mechanics to link together, and there is nothing ostensibly academic or intellectual about the subject matter. All director Gideon Koppel wants is for his audience to watch and observe, and even though he favours the long, serene take, there is no allusiveness to this process, instead it is the rhythm of the shot, as much as its content that really matters. There are no epiphanies in his depiction of a year in the life of this serene Welsh village, merely a sense that the subliminal effect of being party to the different characters, practices and landscapes of this community for ninety minutes, serves as poignant elegy to the transience of life, and vindication of the simple pleasures in this peaceful but marginalised little outpost of Wales. (February 2009)

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