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3.0
29 Ratings

Somniloquies

France, United Kingdom, 2017
Avant-Garde

Synopsis

Songwriter Dion McGregor became famous in the 1960s for narrating his dreams in his sleep. His flatmate recorded him doing so. In Somniloquies, Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel overcome the boundaries between inner dreamscapes and human bodies.

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Somniloquies Directed by Verena Paravel, Lucien Castaing-Taylor
The film itself has a deeply somniferous effect on the spectator, who is lulled into drowsiness through the dark, slow-moving imagery and trancelike voice-track.
March 17, 2017
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Sometimes erotic, occasionally repellent and most often confusing (What exactly are we seeing? Is that a bent knee of an armpit?), these bodies are as disconnected to waking life biology as dream figures that could perhaps feature in a sleep-talker’s tales. The voice on the soundtrack belongs to songwriter Dion McGregor and is recorded in his sleep – his very coherent (in a surreal way) dispatches from the dream world provide the narrative segmentation of the film.
February 28, 2017
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Paravel and Castaing-Taylor have selected deep cuts from these recordings and added a layer beneath, a sort of underwater, Eno-esque ambience that accentuates the background sounds of NYC traffic on the original tapes. So that’s a superb, 73-minute remix, right there. What to do for sights? Wander sleeping bodies—not blurred so much as smudged—in extreme closeup. And that’ll be that.
February 15, 2017
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