Sunday, February 20, 2011

AFTERNOON LANDSCAPE (2011, Chaloemkiat Saeyong, A+)


6.AFTERNOON LANDSCAPE (2011, Chaloemkiat Saeyong, A+)

The images in this film are shown via three small screens, like the film ABC (2006, Sompot Chidgasornpongse + Nika Shek).

The left screen shows three persons standing on a rocky beach, the middle screen shows a close-up shot of grass blowing in the wind and a sign telling the name of the place, while the right screen shows a long shot of an upcountry road under the blue sky. After a while, the middle screen turns black and then starts showing the film credits and texts about a woman who wakes up in the morning, trying to forget something. The right screen turns black later. We also hear a voiceover of a woman saying something which I don't understand, but her voice turns into a small laughter at the end of the film.

This is one of the easiest films made by Chaloemkiat, as easy as BAIYOK (2010, A+).

Things I like in this film include:

1.It is really like a postcard from a tourist place. While a postcard can show a still image of a beautiful beach and some texts, this film can show moving images of a beach, images of grasses and leaves blowing in the wind, texts, and voices.

2.The characteristics of the voice. I like the small laughter at the end of the film very much. It makes me feel good. It also reminds me that I also like the screaming female voice in CHAY, GAYVAH-RAR 'N' THE MACHUPICCHU (2009, A++++++++++) very much.

3. The unintelligibility of the voice. We hear the voice of a woman, but it is suppressed by the voice of the wind. It reminds me of the voice and sound in NEWS FROM HOME (Chantal Akerman, A+), and its unintelligibility reminds me of the unintelligibility of the texts in PERU TIME (2008, Chaloemkiat Saeyong, 18 min, A++++++++++).

4.The conflicts of the title. The Thai title of this film is VACATION IN SINGAPORE, JAVA, BALI, 11 OCT-31 JULY, 2199 A.D., but the film is like a documentary or a home video shot in Srichang Island in Thailand. The English title of this film is AFTERNOON LANDSCAPE, but the story in the texts happens at dawn.

5.It reminds me of many films I like about sea, such as

5.1 NO ONE AT THE SEA (2005, Tossapol Boonsinsukh, A+++++)

5.2 WAKE UP TIME (2009, Chaiwat Wiansantia, A+++++)

5.3 PSYCHOHYDROGRAPHY (2010, Peter Bo Rappmund, A+++++++++++++++)

5.4 SCAR (2010, Arthawut Boonyuang, A+++++)

5.5 DREAM OF THE DEATH (2009, Wiwat Lertwiwatwongsa, 25 min, A+)

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