Latiff, a famous but lonely photographer who was orphaned as a small child, sets out on an expedition to photograph abandoned houses around Malaysia. On his journey, he is haunted by images...
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Latiff, a famous but lonely photographer who was orphaned as a small child, sets out on an expedition to photograph abandoned houses around Malaysia. On his journey, he is haunted by images and sounds that remind him of his traumatic childhood. At one particular house on the island of Penang, he is transported back through time to witness the shocking events that took place in the house over 50 years ago. Through his experience, Latiff understands the tragic circumstances that led to him being orphaned, and also finds an old friend...The Red Kebaya.
I definitely would not mind watching it again, maybe with a friend... when I have spare time.. and some spare change.
The only reason I even attempted to watch this film is the fact that I had a free ticket to watch any movie I wished. But is it a bad film? No. Did I regret sitting alone in the already almost-empty cinema? Definitely not.
Hearing the title for the first time, with all the other usual titles that begin with 'the' and continues with a noun, I expected it to be a piece of crap. I stand corrected. Sure the acting leaves more to be desired and the script feels as if the actors painstakingly memorized it, but I have to give credit to the director for telling a story. Yes, it actually has a story that can be understood unlike most films that try very hard to be artistic in execution but does not even come close to watching paint dry.
The story is mainly about this orphaned-since-young professional photographer who goes around visiting abandoned houses as his passion. As usual he starts seeing and hearing stuff which leads him to yet another abandoned house where .... ( go watch it )
Seasoned actors were scattered all over the entire show.They were everywhere. There weren't too many different characters in the film and imagine recognizing each and every face the camera zooms up to. After awhile it gives the feeling like I'm watching a sitcom or drama instead of a full length film.
Early parts of the film feels forced and dry with almost no emotion, no fluidity in the flow of scenes and revelation and a really hard to swallow dialog among the characters. Maybe this was an effort to make Bahasa as politically correct in the film as possible to avoid criticism from the 'above', but people on the ground below just do not speak in such a manner. People say things with emotions and tones in their words, rather than perfectly delivered lines of flawless grammar.
The latter parts on the other hand are much more emotionally fulfilling and eventful.Loads of stuff happen but unfortunately the timing of the events and revelations might put most people off track. It might seem pointless at first, with the director hopping about with different scenes and subjects, but even with a few potholes here and there, it does come together along the way.
All in all, it was a good watch. Would I call it a successful Malaysian film? Heck I do not give a damn whether a film was made locally or abroad as long as there is a point to it. A story to tell. Expression of ideas and thoughts. That is what, in my opinion, makes a good watch.
Thumbs up for telling a good story and thumbs way down for bad acting and a forced script.
( A guy actually came into the hall and sat in front of me before the film started. As soon as the first line was delivered, he got up and left. Ouch. )
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