Monday, August 3, 2009

Mysterious Object at Noon

Filmed on grainy black and white 16mm, Apichatpong "Joe" Weerasethakul's 'Mysterious Object at Noon' is part documentary and part stream of consciousness experimental cut-up involving chance narratives and "exquisite corpse" methods used to string together a plot.

And it is this plot, rambling, yet enthusiastically told by various local Thai people who one would neither call amateur actors nor subjects of a documentary, that serves as a springboard into one's own subconscious and unconsciousness. An almost infinite number of departure points are served up in this manner, ranging from a tantalizing negative space between adjacent leaves on a tree to a hauntingly naïve performance on a bamboo reed mouth organ. There is a sense of a very personalized travelogue or a release on the Sublime Frequencies record label made visible.

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