Mekong Hotel (2016)
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Critic Reviews for Mekong Hotel
Even for a filmmaker who takes pride in scaling the fantastic down to everyday proportions, there's such a thing as going too slight.
Weerasethakul's films have been hailed for their hypnotic mix of natural splendor and supernatural mythology, though this one is a bit lumpy by his standards.
Apichatpong resists control and eschews close-ups, maintaining as always a Zen-like approach to his material.
Compared with Weerasethakul's acclaimed features, it feels cobbled together and improvised, which for the most part it was.
It's not painful to endure or anything (in part because it's so short), but to borrow the title of one of last year's celebrated Cannes premieres: This is not a film.
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Let's be honest, this is not a film, it is more like a thing, an object - it just stays there, inert. It doesn't say anything, it doesn't become anything, it only exists, and with only a bit less than an hour of running time it overstays its welcome and you can pay attention to it or not.
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