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WILD STRAWBERRIES: SLEEP FURIOUSLY

Director: Gideon Koppel

94 minutes| U.K.| 2008| Documentary


This film screened 24th & 28th February 2010.

Wild Strawberries, our bimonthly film club for the over 55s.

Described by John Banville as ‘simply a masterpiece’, Gideon Koppel’s enthralling documentary is set in Treufeurig, a hill-farming community in mid-Wales, a place that is truly alive in its inhabitants – ?human and animal – but also dying in terms of its way of life. The seasons pass in the coming and going of the mobile library, school, choir practice, calf- and pig-birthing. If there’s a central character at all, it is Pip, Koppel’s mother, who brings her dog for a walk to her late husband’s grave and later, and without any change in mood, brings a stuffed owl to be refurbished. This quiet, beautiful film yields unexpected thrills in the sight of sheep leaping through a field and will take you simply out of the rush of everyday.

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