Sleep Furiously

Finally granted a U.S. theatrical run, Gideon Koppel's free-form portrait of a Welsh farming community may be the most subtly poetic piece of cine-anthropology to come down the pike in eons. Rural denizens like a choir teacher and a mobile librarian quietly go about their business, and country living is presented as both hardscrabble and oddly heartening. Koppel may come from the Wise-maniac school of documentarians, where narrationless observation dictate the structure. But he isn't above underlining his vrit with, say, a long shot that turns herded sheep into tiny white ants, all the better to awaken you to the beauty that lurks in the mundane.

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