Tuesday, October 23, 2012
PLEASE TURN OFF THE SOUND WHILE WATCHING (2012, Graiwoot Chulphongsathorn)
You can watch PLEASE TURN OFF THE SOUND WHILE WATCHING (2012, Graiwoot Chulphongsathorn) here:
PLEASE TURN OFF THE SOUND WHILE WATCHING (2012, Graiwoot Chulphongsathorn) should be screened together with MURDERER ฆาตกร (2012, Wachara Kanha, 30min, A+30) and ILE DE BEAUTE (1996, Ange Leccia + Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster), because MURDERER also portrays a beautiful, blurry, nighttime view through a window of a moving vehicle, though it is through the window of a public bus in Bangkok in MURDERER's case. I also like the colors in MURDERER and PLEASE TURN OFF THE SOUND WHILE WATCHING very much.
MURDERER shows us view of nighttime city through a moving window for a very long time. So I was extremely surprised to find out from the synopsis of this film that this blurry view of a city is supposed to portray what a contract killer sees one day before he kills his victim. The synopsis of MURDERER reminds me a little bit of DEATHLESS DISTANCE (2009, Taiki Sakpisit, 13 min), because the synopsis of both films help make clear that the films deal with a contract killer who doesn't appear on the screen. Both films are extremely atmospheric, and I think both films are ones of the most atmospheric films ever made about a contract killer.
I think PLEASE TURN OFF THE SOUND WHILE WATCHING and MURDERER should be screened together with ILE DE BEAUTE because both Thai films seem to fit very well with the following descriptions of ILE DE BEAUTE:
"One simply follows the gaze of a never-glimpsed protagonist always heading somewhere yet never actually arriving"
"How to enchant with practically nothing, a few popular songs, a series of anti-landscapes, some micro-events, lots of emptiness ...This low-intensity cinema penetrates our perceptions right to the core of our sensibility " (Nicole Brenez)
The photo is from ILE DE BEAUTE.