This film is an experimental mix of documentary and fiction. The film crew travels from the Thai countryside to Bangkok, asking the people they encounter along the way to continue a story ... See full summary »
A fluorescent tube illuminates an empty playground in the evening. Nearby a flash of light is projected on a makeshift screen. This outdoor movie is a portrait of a village repeatedly ... See full summary »
"Ashes" is a 3-year-old movie by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, one of the most successful Asian directors currently working. This film runs for 20 minutes and I felt it has a very experimental touch to it. Occasionally, it reminded me of Kenneth Anger's works. It's all much more about atmosphere than about telling a story and that rarely works for me. Same here, I am not the biggest Anger fan at all and also not a fan of these 20 minutes. I must say occasionally they dragged more than a 2-hour movie as the action simply wasn't interesting. If you still want to watch it, I suggest you may use a copy that has English subtitles unless you speak the language of Thai. All in all, not recommended. I guess the filmmaker's full feature movies must be superior looking at how many awards he won.
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