Filming in Nabua, site of a bloody 1965 battle between communist farmers and the totalitarian government, Apichatpong employs a roving, floating camera and incantatory, omniscient narration to simultaneously evoke the dangerous cycles of violence and repression.
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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
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.
Fine production. I really enjoyed the way that the movie transports you to Thailand's countryside mixed with that envolving background theme. One thing caught my eye. That big brown structure expeling smoke, is it an oven?