mundane

Mundane History

A bitter young man who is paralysed from the waist down after an accident has been appointed a new nurse. Their relationship is cool, to put it mildly, and his authoritarian father, who seldom shows his face, also is not a model of warmth and understanding. In long, neutral scenes separated by hard cuts, the contours emerge of a restrained psychological drama in which the young man’s cynicism slowly makes way for a renewed, cautious attempt to explore life. Then the film unexpectedly drops all its reserves and explodes in a hallucinogenic ode to the universe that, like people, has to go through a cycle of birth and death. The editing frees itself from the fixed course of time. Can you live in an eternal present, without past and future?

L.A. Premiere!
Winner, Tiger Award, 2010 Rotterdam International Film Festival

“manifestly the most ambitious feature debut from a Thai filmmaker in years…Anocha’s seemingly ordinary, astutely structured family drama slowly reveals its cosmic aspiration, as she frames life and politics in an astronomical similitude that will both astound and bewilder…confirm[s] the arrival of the New New Thai Cinema.” -Kong Rithdee, BANGKOK POST

“A simple, yet abstract film with a mesmerizing aura.” – Maggie Lee, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

“unclassifiable…suggests director Anocha Suwichakornpong is someone to watch. The gradual thawing out of the initially frosty relationship between a paralyzed rich kid and his equally youthful male caregiver is nicely mapped, but at several points Suwichakornpong emplys enigmatic temporal/chronology shifts and eventually, and delightfully, the film quite literally goes cosmic.” -Gavin Smith, FILM COMMENT

DIRECTOR: Anocha Suwichakornpong
In Thai with English subtitles
35mm, 82 min

Co-presented by The Asia Institute and Center for Southeast Asian Studies.

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The James Bridges Theater, Melnitz Hall, UCLA

About the author: melnitz@gsa.asucla.ucla.edu