By the Time It Gets Dark (Dao khanong) Reviews

December 27, 2017
It's an intoxicating cocktail, with bursts of time-travelling song breaking through the underlying thrum of insect life, leading towards a trance-dance finale that left my head spinning.
December 27, 2017
Anocha Suwichakornpong's WTF tone poem of a film casts a bewitching spell, even/especially as it periodically reinvents itself. Intriguing and severely beautiful throughout, even during those moments when it seems like logic has taken a flyer.
October 10, 2017
To call what happens in By the Time It Gets Dark a "plot" is to do it a disservice of sorts, such is the beguilingly self-reflexive nature of Anocha Suwichakornpong's becalmed, trippy, historically conscious fungus of a film.
October 6, 2017
By The Time It Gets Dark is a cinematic classic that will beg to be watched, decided and marvelled at, time and time again.
June 29, 2017
History has seldom seemed more challenging. And history on film is a hiding to nothing.
June 19, 2017
This dreamlike journey into the imagination is never predictable.
June 16, 2017
Suwichakornpong confidently defies conventional forms and linearity. She collapses the past into the present as a way to probe the haunted recesses of both national and personal memory.
June 16, 2017
It is an engrossingly strange, confident leap down the conceptual rabbit hole, and a very accomplished piece of film-making.
June 15, 2017
This Thai drama begins with the testimony of a survivor of the Thammasat massacre of protesting students by the government in 1976, and spirals into something woozy and strange, an investigation of the process of film-making itself.
June 15, 2017
The movie is hypnotic to watch and wonder at - even if these filmmaking Thais don't seem to bind and that is work which must be done by their audiences.
May 5, 2017
The film's textures and syntax are so strange and alluring that Suwichakornpong's film becomes far more than the sum of its disparate parts.
April 20, 2017
Suwichakornpong achingly recognizes the gulf between pseudo-knowledge and lived wisdom, and it is in this liminal zone that she has chosen to work.
April 13, 2017
"By the Time It Gets Dark" has clearly been thought through, but it's so cryptic that it cries out for, if not perfect explanations, perhaps footnotes. It's so conceptual that it offers little for those not in sync.
April 12, 2017
You could be forgiven for thinking that while all this is going on, nothing at all seems to happen - it's a film, a rather gorgeous one, of glances and ephemera and delicate metaphors.
April 5, 2017
By the Time It Gets Dark is a magical, melancholic ode to the intellectual's struggle against the forces of history.
April 5, 2017
[By the Time It Gets Dark ironically grows] more hypnotic, rapturous, and overpowering, discarding conventional narrative to hunt for wild emotional shard.
April 5, 2017
Most of these ideas are more interesting on principal than execution. That is, until its final twenty-or-so minutes.
April 5, 2017
It's a film that paints a flawed, enduring image of modernity, of Thailand as a country in a lengthy process of negotiation with its past, and of its increasingly globalised place in the world.
April 5, 2017
If this is satire, By the Time It Gets Dark is a mostly toothless one.