Kenji is a quiet librarian who seems bent on suicide. That is, until he meets beautiful Noi, who begins to seduce him back to life. A poetic tale about the way fate can bring people together just as their worlds seem on the verge of falling apart.
Thai auteur Pen-Ek Ratanaruang’s gorgeous, languid, Sundance-playing drama. Its lackadaisical melancholy is perfectly embodied by Japanese film star Tadanobu Asano, who buries himself in the exquisitely muted colors of legendary cinematographer Christopher Doyle. Watch for Takashi Miike’s cameo!
I was in love with this film from the first shot. It was one of those were I just knew, I just knew I was in for some superb cinema from the moment it begin, and I most certainly was not disappointed. Every shot was pure gold (Christopher Doyle is a master of cinematography, no doubt), and I adored Kenji and Noi so dearly, even if the ending left me a little brokenhearted.
ratanaruang and doyle collaborate to ooze atmosphere, dread, melancholy and the occasional comedic gesture to form a film so full of beauty and life it's impossible to explain with text. asano is flawless as always, and sinitta boonyasak is an offbeat and essential lead that does not exist to serve asano's needs, but has her own simultaneous development arc. one of the best films of the 00's.
Last Life in the Universe is a slow pacing flick, the director created a unique atmosphere with its slow camera (which presents us some gorgeous landscapes with some awesome camera shots), slow (and amazingly beautiful) score, which completely fills the movie because the dialogues are almost nonexistent, and I loved it. All this unique charm environment is followed by solid and appropriate performances.