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Mysterious Object at Noon (2000)

Dokfa nai meuman (original title)
A film crew documents a folk story-exquisite corpse combination by random Thai people; the story is reenacted.

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Djuangjai Hirunsri
Kongkiat Khomsiri
Saisiri Xoomsai
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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 about a handicapped boy and his teacher. Written by amirmu

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The literal translation of the Thai title is "Heavenly Flower in Devil's Hand". Since Thai doesn't have plural forms for nouns, it can also be "Heavenly Flower(s) in Devil(s)' Hand(s)". See more »

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Innovation does not a good movie make
7 December 2003 | by See all my reviews

"Mysterious" held much dramatic promise.

But because of its hybrid innovation, I'm at a lost as to rate it as a dramatic feature or a documentary film. Either way, despite its critical accolades, it wasn't able to interest me enough to wanna cradle its inadequacies. Poor film making craft is inexcusable even if this feature is excusably in a league of its own. (And did anyone catch a moment of Ozu homage in one of the scenes, with children walking by at one end and the camera placed at another? Nice...)

That said, there were undeniable moments of brilliance in it. Two standouts come to mind; The "banter" between the two mute girls and that staged re-enactment by the villagers. And it shown the director to be one who knows how to capture such cinematic sparks, albeit inconsistently.

I thus hope to see "Blissfully yours" before I decide on my regard for Apichatpong Weerasethakul as a film maker. Similarly, "Mysterious" will be given the benefit of the doubt. For honestly, it just didn't hack it for me right now.


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