This debut feature from Gideon Koppel was greeted with huge critical acclaim. A poetic lover-letter to Trefeurig, a farming community in mid-Wales where Koppel grew up, the films shows both the great beauty of the landscape, and the vanishing way of life that it contains. Koppel’s patient observation reveals moments of great humour and humanity, even the mystical, in the apparently everyday life of the village: the visits of the mobile library; dog shows; the threat to the village school; sheep-shearing, cake making and the plight of a stuffed owl.
This has to be watched in a calm, tranquil and gentle mood. If you allow yourself to be taken into the heart of this Welsh village and its slow rural ways it is a serene experience. If you are at all agitated and wishing for something riveting and punchy, do not start this film. Even in a relatively appropriate frame of mind I found the life of a rural mobile library driver tedious and uncharismatic. There were a number of farm scenes which were strangely moving. The birth of a piglet for example.