MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 7,438 this week

Sleep Furiously (2008)

 -  Documentary  -  29 May 2009 (UK)
7.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 270 users   Metascore: 64/100
Reviews: 8 user | 36 critic | 8 from Metacritic.com

A poetic and profound journey into a world of endings and beginnings; a world of stuffed owls, sheep and fire.

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

Alpha House Premieres Today

All ten episodes of the second season of "Alpha House" are available starting today. Watch them now, only on Prime Instant Video.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 50 titles
created 17 May 2011
 
a list of 783 titles
created 12 Aug 2011
 
a list of 256 titles
created 05 Sep 2011
 
a list of 1994 titles
created 11 Nov 2012
 
a list of 80 titles
created 21 Mar 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "Sleep Furiously" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Sleep Furiously (2008)

Sleep Furiously (2008) on IMDb 7.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Sleep Furiously.
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Tricks (2007)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Six-year-old Stefek challenges fate. He believes that setting a chain of events in motion will help him get closer to his father who left his mother. His sister helps him bribe fate with ... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Jakimowski
Stars: Damian Ul, Ewelina Walendziak, Tomasz Sapryk
Tulpan (2008)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

On the steppes of Kazakhstan, Asa lives in a yurt with his sister Samal, her husband Ondas, and their three children. Ondas is a herdsman, tough and strong. It's dry, dusty, and windy; too ... See full summary »

Director: Sergei Dvortsevoy
Stars: Tolepbergen Baisakalov, Samal Yeslyamova, Ondas Besikbasov
Documentary | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

'What kind of house does a man who has been imprisoned in a six-foot-by-nine-foot cell for over 30 years dream of?' This film captures the remarkable creative journey and friendship of ... See full summary »

Director: Angad Bhalla
Stars: Herman Wallace
Fifty-Fifty (2004)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Shiza is the nickname of a 15-year-old boy. Money, power, and women - he has none of these, yet, in his young life. But, he does have the illegal, underground circuit of bare-knuckle ... See full summary »

Director: Gulshat Omarova
Stars: Oldzhas Nusupbayev, Olga Landina, Eduard Tabishev
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Two thirtysomethings, unemployed former alcoholic Joe and community health worker Sarah, start a romantic relationship in the one of the toughest Glasgow neighbourhoods.

Director: Ken Loach
Stars: Peter Mullan, Louise Goodall, Gary Lewis
Katalin Varga (2009)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In the beautiful, otherworldly Carpathian Mountains a woman is traveling with a small boy in a horse and cart, looking to punish those who once abused her. For years, Katalin has been ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Strickland
Stars: Hilda Péter, Norbert Tankó, László Mátray
Aurora I (2010)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

An apartment kitchen: a man and a woman discuss Little Red Riding Hood, their voices hushed, mindful of waking the little girl sleeping next room. Waste land on the city outskirts: behind a... See full summary »

Director: Cristi Puiu
Stars: Cristi Puiu, Clara Voda, Catrinel Dumitrescu
Adoration (2008)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

For his French-class assignment, a high school student weaves his family history in a news story involving terrorism, and goes on to invite an Internet audience in on the resulting controversy.

Director: Atom Egoyan
Stars: Devon Bostick, Rachel Blanchard, Louca Tassone
Documentary

Man of Tomorrow is a fresh look at the life and ideas of renowned futurist, Jacque Fresco.

Director: Nathanael Dinwiddie
Stars: Jacque Fresco, Roxanne Meadows, Joel Holt
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Gideon Koppel
Stars: Andrew Kotting, Eden Kotting, Leila McMillan
Short | Music
Directors: Gaspar Claus, Vincent Moon
Stars: Oren Ambarchi, Aphex Twin, Autolux
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  
Director: Gideon Koppel
Edit

Storyline

Set in a small farming community in mid Wales, a place where Koppel's parents - both refugees - found a home. This is a landscape and population that is changing rapidly as small scale agriculture is disappearing and the generation who inhabited a pre-mechanised world is dying out. Much influenced by his conversations with the writer Peter Handke, the film maker leads us on a poetic and profound journey into a world of endings and beginnings; a world of stuffed owls, sheep and fire. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

29 May 2009 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Vom langsamen Leben in Wales  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Budget:

£300,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Meditation & reflection can't be hurried . . .
21 June 2009 | by (nr Liverpool, England.) – See all my reviews

I loved this film - I loved the slow pace of it, the meditative quality, the way it reflected the quieter slower rate at which village & agricultural life turns.

The space & time devoted to "little happening" was perfect for me - especially when it was showing the beauty of the Welsh landscape.

The simplicity & honesty of the tales, allowed to naturally come across was beautiful & reminded me of David Lynch's "Straight Story".

The way that the village, community & the surrounding agriculture seemed ancient, only moving with the seasons was deftly shown. Poignantly, simultaneously the film also showed it was worryingly at imminent risk of losing some of its essential aspects.

If you can't sit still for 5 minutes & enjoy a setting sun, running river or rolling hillside, if you can't remain quiet & enjoy the silence, then this film's probably not for you. I'm afraid there isn't even a single car chase (only a brief sheep chase).

For everyone else, turn down the revs & sink into this low-key masterpiece. ______________

Update after Celia's comments - I don't understand why everything needs to have some perfectly realised & resolved answer - life's not like this, sometimes we never find out what happens, and sometimes our lives are simply enriched by inexplicable yet beautiful things (like this film).

This is the sort of film that is a soft target for accusations of "pretension" (or Celia's "Emperor's New Clothes") but there really is no pretence/pretension that this is going to be a normal A->B->C narrative, it's just not what it is. It's broadly filmed as documentary, but not a prescriptive one. What it is to me at least is a beautifully shot vignette, with snapshots, snippets & moments of many lives and stories, none of which does it try to fully provide a resolution.

Yes I've got questions I'd like answered (my friend wondered did the librarian ever use the laptop for anything more than a place to stamp the books?) but I don't expect to get the answers from the film itself, and that's OK by me.

The closest thing I've seen to it is the Patrick Keiller masterpieces "London" & "Robinson In Space" yet they are scripted, narrated & very thought out mixing esoteric elements of art, history, poetry, economics trivia and wit, all together again with great photography. The simpler more natural (no commentary, no sign of a behind-camera interviewer) version perhaps makes for a less focused film, but also one I just allowed myself to go with its slow, winding, meditative pace.


11 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Aphex Twin pennywise-the-clown-1
Soundtrack kyle_drums05
No subtitles for Welsh songs clive-ihd
coloured flashes clive-ihd
Discuss Sleep Furiously (2008) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page