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Golden Slumbers

Le sommeil d'or

Directed by Davy Chou
Cambodia, France, 2011


Between 1960 and 1975, Cambodia’s film industry showed enormous growth by producing 400 films. However, when the Khmer government took over, most of the filmmakers were purged from the country and the films were burned. Only about 30 films survived the ordeal.

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Golden Slumbers Directed by Davy Chou
If an entire national film heritage seems to be a formidable and inviolate thing, something incapable of being forgotten or erased, then consider Cambodia. The story told in Davy Chou’s documentary Golden Slumbers (2011)—currently eking out a few theatrical showings in American cities—staggers the imagination, and will rewrite any ideas you’ve maintained about how movies function in the culture at large.
February 13, 2014
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The film’s most striking gambit is a move towards haunting visual poetry in its latter half; set to ominous drones and reverberating Cambodian pop songs from a bygone era, ghostly tracking shots through Phnom Penh pool halls and towards inanimate objects recall the more eccentric touches of Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Syndromes and a Century.
November 01, 2013
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An exotic and elegant meta movie, “Golden Slumbers” shores the fragments of a ruined cinema… In a way “Golden Slumbers” blends the two modes. The romance of Cambodian cinema is developed in tales of elaborate or outlandish film productions while that cinema’s uncanny aspect is reinforced by the sense of former matinee idols living out their lives in a fading netherworld.
October 30, 2013
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