Sud Sanaeha (2003)
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Critic Reviews for Sud Sanaeha
Apichatpong Weerasethakul's delicate, ethereal dream of a film marks the emergence of one of the more original and promising new voices to hit the international cinema scene in recent years.
Poetic and rhythmically confident, Blissfully Yours is a subtle seduction.
Unlikely to make Weerasethakul a household name -- but it confirms his status as a giant of fourth-world cinema.
After a while, the extremely limited camera movement and languid pacing take an exacting toll, resulting in a viewing experience that is considerably less than idyllic.
Nothing much happens that usually goes for a film plot, though in real life this simplistic dreamy scenario is very believable.
Audience Reviews for Sud Sanaeha
A languid film that wants to capture a moment in time and create an evocative atmosphere with an immersive sound design, but director Apichatpong Weerasethakul seems to think that idyllic and tedious are the same, and so the film ends up having the effect of a sleeping pill.
This is a movie about almost nothing. It reminded me of Jerry Seinfeld's olde series, without the humor. The movie takes place in one day. There are long, lingering scenes of life in Thailand. These may evoke something of a mood; but I could not detect it. It seemed the director was just trying to fill out the running time of his movie. For example, there are scenes of water flowing in a stream for long moments. What there is to the plot involves two women. They are friends/acquaintances. The older woman is married. A child has died. She wants another child. Her husband is less enthusiastic. She has an affair with a co-worker. The younger woman works in a boring factory job. She hates it. She has a boyfriend who is an illegal alien. The boyfriend has a persistent skin problem. A lot of attention is paid to his skin condition. They head out one afternoon for a picnic in the forest. There are some sexual goings-on. And that is the movie. Don't bother to see this film. Some professional critics saw something in it to admire and recommend. I could not find it. There are much better choices. This was a bad trip to the flics.
This movie starts off with an incredibly hypnotizing style of long subtle takes and natural dialogue. I do think it gets a little long winded towards the end and isn't as great as Uncle Boonme or Tropical Malady, but still an exceptionally strong film about love, and it's power to move people forward despite the worst of circumstances. Not for casual film audiences because of it's idle narrative functions. Also I've never seen a movie where the credit and title come on 45 minutes in.
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