For a film created from a single, continuous three and a half minute shot of two men in the back of a moving pickup truck, this is hugely captivating stuff. The accidental effect of characters travelling as if by force through the landscape is mesmerising; while the continual thud/crackle/thud of the wind hitting the microphone creates a hypnotic, otherworldly rhythm to the these images of movement without restraint.
Don't really know what to say, other than Apichatpong is good, even when he just picks up a camera, gets in the back of a truck and films a couple of guys. He brings something new to cinema. He seems to look at reality differentely. And it's just not technique, like this short demonstrates. There's something, that makes me want to immerse in his cinema, that intrigues me. Some artists make art feel new and fresh.
This short is extraordinary. The actor's knowledge of their involvement within the film is a beautiful example of a new level of realism. It's not voyeurism, we aren't spying, it's a natural showmanship.
"The pickup truck simulates a small moving island without frontiers where there is freedom to communicate, to see, and to share."
Good interview with Apichatpong Weerasethakul about "Mobile Men": http://art-for-the-world.blogspot.com/2009/01/interview-with-apichatpong.html