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"Delicate, tonally complex... The film has richness and an unshowy compassion, its grammar and pace adjusting to the tempo of the countryside" -Guardian UK
"A paean to old-fashioned methods... It never rests on tweeness or sarcasm and the sheer ingenuity of the filmmaking produces something altogether deeper, moodier, more compassionate and joyful" -TimeOut London
"Images of wistful sadness...are interlaced with humour and moments of skin-prickling beauty that leave the audience undone" -The Times
"May be the most subtly poetic piece of cine-anthropology to come down the pike in eons" -TimeOut NY
"A lovely film" -Roger Ebert
Recommended! "The kind of image-rich movie that pops on a large screen and lingers in memory" -NewCity Chicago
"Meditative, exquisitely wrought" -Chicago Reader
"Director Gideon Koppel has an expert eye - every shot here is a stunner... Unfolding as a series of immaculately composed rural vignettes, Sleep Furiously is serene, remote, slightly repetitive and yet utterly hypnotic - a must-see" -TimeOut Chicago
"Sleep Furiously glides straight into your affections without a single false pull at your heartstrings" -Chicago Tribune
How does one sleep furiously? How can a peaceful activity such as sleeping be carried out with the frenetic movement the adverb implies? This incongruity is the theme that runs through British director Gideon Koppel's first feature film – a beautifully meditative study of a landscape in quiet uproar. In a small farming community in mid-Wales, Koppel's camera remains static as it observes the life passing in and out of frame. From the business of arable and livestock farming, to conversations over afternoon tea, to Koppel's mother hanging out the washing, the natural rhythms of daily life are beautifully captured. However, this film is not a sketchbook of pastoral scenes echoing the rural Wales of yesteryear, but a depiction of a world defined by the rhythms of the monthly visits of the mobile library. It is a life that is changing – the village school is about to close, mechanisation is replacing many of the old ways, congregations are dwindling, but the village show and the sheepdog trials carry on.
This poetic film, influenced by Koppel's conversations with avant-garde Austrian writer Peter Handke, is an outstanding piece of documentary filmmaking which demonstrates optimism and courage within communities in the United Kingdom, which are undergoing tumultuous changes. The soundtrack, by electronica composer Aphex Twin, is beguilingly ambient and Koppel's interest in the eccentricities of life is simultaneously affectionate, moving and very funny.
Directed by Gideon Koppel, United Kingdom, 2007, 35mm, 94 mins.