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Wide Awake (2006)

Unrated | | Documentary | 20 January 2006 (USA)
A filmmaker documents his bout with insomnia.

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Rather annoying documentary
13 August 2009 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

Personally I found this documentary to be quite annoying. I find the topic of insomnia very interesting; I'm sure most people have encountered periods in their life with lack of sleep without a known cause.

However, I was disappointed with how this documentary turned out.

The constant use of images, footage and sounds to prove a point might very well illustrate and underline the fact that Berliner is an obsessive and manic man, but it creates a staggered flow to it all, and often steals the attention from the point of the whole thing.

In the end I consider this documentary a testimony to Berliner's obsessive behavior. The way he categorizes everything, the way he uses archived footage in this documentary, the way he behaves after drinking his cup of coffee after 30 years (Placebo gone wild?), the way he treats his infant son, the way he focuses on his sleep, etcetera, etcetera.

In what way did the "expert" doctors help this documentary? If anything, I found them to disturb the storyline of this movie. Often because their expert opinions is drowned in Berliner's own thoughts.

Now I might come off as a hater. I've never seen Berliner's other works, and I have no reason to dislike him in any way.

The fact remains that this documentary did not in any way impress me other than peoples patience and support for this guy.

That empty showing room of students falling asleep might just prove my point.


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