An in­tox­i­cat­ing Welsh el­egy

SLEEP FU­RI­OUSLY Di­rected by Gideon Kop­pel Club, IFI, 94 min

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Ob­serv­ing odd­i­ties such as Pa­trick Keiller’s great Lon­don and Ter­ence Davies’s re­cent Of Time and the

City, we may sense the ap­pro­pri­ately glacial emer­gence of a new class of Bri­tish film: the ele­giac, hypno-doc­u­men­tary. Fea­tur­ing wist­ful snatches of mu­sic and cu­ri­ously framed shots of un­promis­ing vis­tas, the films mourn

Sleep Fu­ri­ously: de­light­fully odd beau­ti­fully for crum­bling cor­ners and faded val­ues. Now, with Gideon Kop­pel’s de­light­fully odd Sleep Fu­ri­ously (play­ing for three nights from Septem­ber 7th in the Ir­ish Film In­sti­tute), the genre makes its way to the de­clin­ing Welsh farm­ing neigh­bour­hood of Trefeurig.

Beginning with the clo­sure of the lo­cal school, the film goes among the res­i­dents of the lo­cale – where the di­rec­tor’s par­ents found sanc­tu­ary from Nazi Ger­many – to dis­cover a com­mu­nity that is never ashamed of its own stub­born ec­cen­tric­ity. The most suc­cess­ful mo­ments, how­ever, are those fea­tur­ing shots – some pe­cu­liarly speeded-up – of the an­i­mals and ve­hi­cles that dec­o­rate the sur­round­ing coun­try­side.

Util­is­ing char­ac­ter­is­tic throbs by Aphex Twin on the sound­track, Kop­pel has de­liv­ered a film that is as in­tox­i­cat­ing as it is pur­pose­fully con­found­ing. DC Read John Banville on Sleep

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