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31 January 2001
In John Boorman's short 'I Dreamt I Woke Up', the director describes a
personal side of his life in Ireland and reveals some of the hidden roots
connecting many of his most memorable films, such as 'Excalibur' and
'Deliverance'. But this is a short film which will divide its audience,
'Excalibur', 'The General' and many of John Boorman's films have.
a film in this category is either like meeting an old friend or being
harassed by a stranger, depending on whether you relate to it or not. And
this is the point - it's almost impossible and certainly pointless to
criticise a film like this. You can't criticise honesty!
The film was originally commissioned by the BBC, and it shows; Boorman has
clearly enjoyed being free of commercial concerns and has wilfully
the usual led-by-the-hand narrative necessary for mainstream commercial
cinema. Instead, has had created a film which glides between the often
bland waking world of concrete facts and simple truths and the often
labyrinth and fluid world of dreams and the myths of the soul. Utilising
John Hurt, Charlie Boorman and Janet McTeer to play characters from both
sides of the divide, Boorman manages to portray some of the perfect
ambiguities of the life of dreams and the unconscious.
If all that sounds like nonsense, then this film will definitely be a
stranger to you!
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