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436 Ratings

Mekong Hotel


Thailand, United Kingdom, 2012


Mekong Hotel is a portrait of a hotel near the Mekong River in the north-east of Thailand which marks the border between Thailand and Laos, expressing the bonds between a vampire-like mother and her daughter, the young lovers and the river.

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Mekong Hotel Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Mekong Hotel is often labelled a “docu-fiction.” But this formulation is still too brittle to harness the film’s winking, swirling sense of play. Apichatpong’s tricks firmly place both terms—documentary and fiction—within quotation marks, as in an early scene involving a performance—or a rehearsal?—of a bit dialogue, after which the actors turn to the camera in a unison so spookily contrived that it defuses the whole “breaking of the fourth wall” thing instigated in the first place.
February 29, 2016
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Delivered with characteristically lengthy takes and a nearly incessant meandering guitar track, this is a strong contender for most laid-back sci-fi/horror movie ever made… As a whole, it has the insistent logic of several different films existing at once. Don’t let the brisk runtime convince you to overlook MEKONG HOTEL; it delivers all the joy and mystery you expect of a Weerasethakul movie.
January 30, 2016
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The static camera, regarding its subjects with a halcyon fascination, and the river with the pinkish sky above, come together to create a mood of tabula rasa, of vast potential still yet to be tapped. If this isn’t a major work by Weerasethakul, then it’s one that suggests that there’s a great deal more evocative, provocative work yet to come.
July 26, 2013
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