Was hard to sit through. Images of nature and a voice-over do not make a film. And the backstory is not enough to carry it at all. Something terrible happened here so now looked at what power these images hold. Did not work on me. Maybe if it had had some more variation or more experimental sound design, at least.
I agree with one of the reviews I've seen on this board. This movie to me is deeply immersive but I can't really tell anyone what's so good about it. I agree that it has it's own language which makes it hard to see the narrative at times. On the other hand it makes up for it through tangible visual and emotional power.
Perfect to watch after the feature Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives. Peter Greenaway has been a critic of cinema that is a mere ilustration of novels and plays. With Apichatpong, we do feel there is something truly other than just filming a narrative. There is a specific language. An intriguing one. Made with moving images, with words, sounds. With human emotion, landscape. This is cinema. At its best.
Cuando Weerasethakul no encuentra las cosas más bellas se las inventa ¿Puede realmente controlar la naturaleza con la precisión que muestra ese plano en el que voltea la cámara hacia el cielo? Su cámara lo puede todo, empezando por conciliar vidas presentes y pasadas, de las personas y los lugares. Hermoso.
with minimal means & a meditative style this highly poetic short film reveals the project at the heart of Weerasethakul's films - such as Mysterious Object at Noon & Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, etc - is the impulse to commemorate the stories of the living & the dead from his community - every frame of this powerful film is infused with that inherently human, tragic, political endeavour - very moving
The cinematography in this film is very impressive and the film really drew me in. I feel like I'm missing something though, there must be some Thai history I have to learn or maybe I have to watch some of Apichatpong Weerasethakul's earlier films to appreciate this one more.
A hard film to rate. It's fairly elusive in it's thematic nature, but technically, I was put under a spell by the ever floating camerawork and monotone narration that delt with making a film about opression in a Thai village that is mentioned in barely any detail, and an uncle that just lays about, recalling things of slight importance. The filmmaking sort of reminded me of Alain Resnais, but without any punch to it.