Wide Awake 2005 ***


It’s pretty cool that a mainstream streaming provider like Netflix would stock the output of NYC-based film-maker Alan Berliner, a highly imaginative documentary film-maker whose uniquely personal work is intellectually rigorous but also playful and engaging. Wide Awake documents Berliner’s struggles with insomnia, and sees him set out on a quest to discover more about his condition. Mixing stock footage, home-movies and expect interviews, Berliner unravels his own affliction while opening up wider areas of consideration about who we are and what makes us tick; as with his First Cousin Once Removed, the result is beguiling, charming and wonderfully idiosyncratic.


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