A film where there’s almost no action. And yet, nobody leaves the cinema. There is something hypnotic about it.
A lot of nature, greenery, river, meadows, two brothers and their mother living in a hut in the woods. Brings to mind William Faulkner’s Light in August.
However, there is so much borrowings in this film that one may truly get a headache. Griffin is an ex-painter. This is visible throughout each frame and shot. The connotations span through the Bible, Caravaggio, Homer (Two Gates of Sleep are directly taken from Homer), Faulkner and way more. An interview with the director talking on this film was conducted by Brendan Harris from Filmmaker magazine and can be found here: http://www.filmmakermagazine.com/news/2011/03/alistair-banks-griffin-two-gates-of-sleep/