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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Two Gates of Sleep screens at Ogden

Posted By on Thu, Dec 9, 2010 at 5:25 PM

Two Gates of Sleep is a beautiful film, and it's impressive how much former New Orleanian Alistair Banks Griffin does with just the camera and sound. There is almost no dialogue, and instead, we watch two brothers struggle as they transport their mother's coffin through backwoods Mississippi to a final resting place. They disagree about how to honor her final wishes, but neither could handle the mission alone. The story strongly resembles the core plot of William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying, and there is a strong Faulknerian sense of rugged determination and pride in each brother. But the film captures that emotional torment and conflict in long pans and minute gestures, and it's quite an achievement for a first feature. Griffin debuted the film at Cannes in May. It screens at 8 p.m. Friday at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.

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