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Mysterious Object at Noon back to product details

A Mystery
written by talltale September 24, 2005 - 8:09 PM PDT
0 out of 10 members found this review helpful
Apichatpong Weerasethakul had made five short films by the time (2000) he tried his nearly full-length MYSTERIOUS OBJECT AT NOON. During the interview with the director (and now writer) that is the sole "Special Feature" on the DVD, he notes that, while he wanted to go to film school in his native Thailand, there were none (or no good ones, at least). After seeing "Mysterious Object," one wonders less about his attending film school than whether this guy ever viewed an actual motion picture before attempting to make one.

So unsophisticated in every way is his story, camera, script; so jumpy, grainy and scratched is his film; so nowhere does his narrative/documentary proceed (and fitfully, too) that one could almost wonder if this might somehow represent the height of our current trend toward "sophisticated naiveté." Along the way, A.W., as I shall now abbreviate, stumbles over the culture of storytelling and America's influence on Thailand, among other non-topics.

When I watched his "Blissfully Yours," some years back, I found it alternately exotic and grueling and had to occasionally pinch myself in order to keep from falling asleep (even with a couple of hardcore scenes included in his film!). I'll give his new "Tropical Malady" a try when it appears on DVD, since many critics claim to be in awe. Yet this director seems at times so strangely perverse that he may simply not care about his audience and rather be satisfied to try something new, create a different film vocabulary, and wow 'em at this or that festival. Fine and dandy. But I suspect No-Doze will have to be part of my menu when dealing with his work.


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