Ashes contemplates love, pleasure, and the destruction of memory. The surroundings of everyday life are shared with extreme intimacy. For Apichatpong, Thailand, while full of beauty, is slowly collapsing into darkness.
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one of the most beautiful & poignant shorts i've ever had the pleasure of seeing. some absolutely brilliant touches, like the reprising of the man walking his dog next to the little girl on a bicycle, as well as the gorgeous and colorful staccato-like montages of 35mm film.
Rural-urban; politics-poetry; time-timelessness; nationalism-nature; no narrative???
Interesting experimentation with image and sound - not so different from his usual but it gives one moments to reflect, not dominating your conscious. Like looking at paintings without sacrificing integral components of moving images.
Why read about it? Just watch it w/ an open mind.
Limitations as directions not restrictions.
Apichatpong Weerasethakul experiments with the new Lomokino 35mm camera in this avant-garde short film commissioned by MUBI. Beautiful and evocative, ASHES is an abstract mood piece made more kinetic that Weerasethakul's usual style by the handcranked Lomokino. A lovely and atmospheric exercise in cinematic style.
What’s most interesting is how Weerasethakul crosses content and aesthetic...Taken individually, images from the turbulently framed portion of the film are far more beautiful than images from the ascetically framed portion, despite being rather more unsettling as a visual — cinematic — experience. Read Review: http://aestheticsofthemind.wordpress.com/2012/05/19/ashes/
The best way to describe my experience is: sequences of random, flashing, repeating images, that unfortunately and most likely do not make any sense or meaning except for the author perhaps... I enjoy trippy, surreal experiences, but this one doesn't seem to emit any feelings or emotions and felt very empty.
Excruciatingly slow-paced and saturated in (to my mind) cloyingly earnest sentimentalism, this film was everything I couldn't relate to in Uncle Boonmee, with the addition of exhausting, headache-inducing visuals and sound.