I would love to be able to write, soberly, about this film. Let me just say that the most unforgetable scene in all my cinephilia, I keep shuddering as I write this, may very well be in this film. One day I will know what happened in front of me, and will see it again. The feeling of being in front of an alien form of cinema (new to me) is so good. And yet, it was subtle, and left me not knowing how to feel about it.
like a jungian dreamscape of animal spirits & anima archetypes - metaphysical in its concern with the unconscious & the folkloric - highly political in its desire to commemorate the outsider & the disappeared - a magically opaque divination of a movie which deftly defies the reductions of our corporeal definitons - a favourite film of mine
By adding pre-birth & post-death life to the menu, Weerasethakul invites CHAOS into his film, which he manages by keeping his camera as steady as his thoughts; riding one thought @ a time like a hitchhiker until the next strong thought/image asserts itself; breaking free from infinite options. It's not that the mundane & the monstrous are equivalent in his world but that both are given an equal chance to surprise.
I was amazed with the lengthy takes and the mood that was instantly set up. As slow moving as you can get, but still interesting. It relies on your previous cinematic experiences to deliver the story, and it does so very well. The one instance I'm thinking about is the shot of the monkey ghost before the title. It lingers, allowing you to see it, recognize it, analyze it, and finally be freaked out by it. Incredible.
One of the most profound film experiences I have ever had. Maybe its effect can be attributed to this being my first Apichatpong film or maybe it all has to do with this film truly being that special but I am really not sure what to think. I know I enjoyed it quite a bit and that it is great but I really need a second viewing before I can truly judge.