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9 Ratings

Dark in the White Light

Sulanga gini aran

Directed by Vimukthi Jayasundara
Sri Lanka, 2015


A young Buddhist monk embarks on a spiritual truth quest. A student doctor tries to test his limits. An organ dealer grows his business. A surgeon heals by day and rapes women at night. In a philosophical tale form, the film interweaves various stories of fraying bodies between life and death.

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Dark in the White Light Directed by Vimukthi Jayasundara

Critics reviews

Less a metaphor than a philosophical horror film (Georges Franju for today?), Dark in the White Light ends with a remarkable twist where popular storytelling and Buddhism combine as forces of resistance. Around them are the landscapes of Sri Lanka as Jayasundara knows how to show and use them with his unique sense of air, wind and light.
August 16, 2015
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It promises serial killers, rapist doctors, and organ harvesters but doesn't take long to reveal itself as just another collection of empty artsploitation gestures mostly borrowed from Michael Haneke.
November 18, 2015
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While its strategies give a modestly budgeted filmmaker room for plausibility and even realism, time and again it's counterintuitive here, revealing through bad body acting just how little direction the actors received. If Apichatpong Weerasethakul made humorless and unimaginative films, it might look something like this.
August 09, 2015
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