Character actor Michael Shannon has been nominated for his second Oscar for his role in the 2016 thriller Nocturnal Animals. "No Small Parts" takes a look at some of the other characters he's played in the past.
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
Nice start, but in the end it all comes down to...well..a very long ride.
After the first 10 minutes of this movie at the IFFR, I was thinking "Hmmm...this could be a very nice movie". It had it all: humor, wits, nice photography, a teeny bit of suspense even. But then, after about 45 minutes, I started wondering what this all was going to. No direction, fragmented storytelling, and the general feeling that I was not seeing what I wanted to at the moment. After about an hour the movie had lost me completely: what is this all about anyway? Do you know that feeling, like, when you're completely bored with a situation, that you'd rather leave but remain seated because you keep hoping it gets better? Well, thats how I spend the rest of the movie.
The movie has enough elements to make a nice story, but every decision taken by the writers, the director, the editor, whatever, leads it further away from it. Pity.
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