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  • News and current affairs
  • 2007
  • Gideon Koppel
  • 94 mins
  • U

Summary

Premiere. Film-maker Gideon Koppel returns to the hamlet of Trefeurig, near Aberystwyth, the Welsh farming community that provided refuge for his parents during the Second World War. While capturing the beauty of the landscape and the community of its inhabitants, Kippel explores the impact of declining small-scale agriculture and speculates on what the future may hold for its inhabitants. Shown as part of Cynefin season.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Shot over several months in the mid-Welsh hill-farming village of Trefeurig, this is an intimate study of a way of life that had scarcely changed for centuries until the intrusion of social mobility, new technology and modern methods of farming. Dylan Thomas set Under Milk Wood in this area and director Gideon Koppel, who grew up in the village, finds plenty of compelling characters of his own. However, it's the remote community's most frequent visitor who binds it together, as mobile librarian John Jones not only keeps the lonely informed of the latest gossip, but also provides a link to the wider world through everything from the latest novels to exotic cookbooks. With Aphex Twin's atmospheric score heightening both the sense of place and pace of existence, this is a compelling dissertation on human and physical geography, and an invaluable record of passing practices, sights and sounds. It's also an utterly charming piece of film-making.

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DirectorGideon Koppel

Details

Theatrical distributor
New Wave Films
Released on
2009-05-29
Languages
English | Welsh
Formats
Colour
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