To Sleep with Anger (1990)
To Sleep with Anger is another film in the Wellington Film Society’s Charles Burnett season. Not as stunning or depressing as Killer of Sheep, but with similar concerns. This however takes place not so much as a piece of American realism, but as a sort of modern Black American folk tale. We watch as the malevolent presence of Henry (played brilliantly by Danny Glover) – like a ghost of the past – slowly and quietly disintegrates a black American family negotiating their rural past and urban future. Funny and moving, but never judgemental, it feels like a kind of American film making we rarely see.