Teoh's second hand washing machine has a life of her own: she washes when she wants to and stops when she feels like it. When Teoh discovers the secret soul of this temperamental slave, he exploits her for all his other household chores. And then he pimps her out to strangers. When middle-aged widower Mr. Wong takes her in, his prodigal son immediately tries to seduce her, while his petulant daughter becomes more and more suspicious. In this off-kilter dark comedy, the effects of alienation and desperation in the increasingly commodified city of Kuala Lumpur will spiral before you like a dry spin in slow motion. Written by
Pang Khee Teik
I have to say I'm not sure what's the right thing to say about: The Beautiful Washingmachine. I've just seen it on the Rotterdam Filmfestival and at first I was disappointed because of the look of this film, it's shot on video, which, of course, is nothing compared to 35mm movies. Also it's badly filmed. The talent of the maker does not lie within it's cinematographic eye. So you could say I hated this movie. But something strange happened. I got caught up in the story, it's characters, the pace. It felt real and I enjoyed it. In the end the filmmaker had to put in a David Lynch type situation which I think was not necessary at all but nonetheless for something which I would've given a 2 out of 10 in the beginning a 6 is not bad.
I hope there will be another movie one day by the hand of this filmmaker. but then on 35mm and with a professional cameraman.
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