Mysterious Object at Noon (2001)
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Critic Reviews for Mysterious Object at Noon
A tale constructed by many where the camera slowly builds up a story of many voice and methods. [Full review in Spanish]
This masterpiece from new Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul blends fiction and nonfiction into a form of cinema previously forged by Hou Hsiao-hsien and Abbas Kiarostami.
Mysterious Object at Noon is fascinating not for its conclusiveness (which it inevitably lacks) but its construction. It is a film made with little domestic influence, austere in its appearance and unique in its form.
What the hell?
Audience Reviews for Mysterious Object at Noon
Very cool little film done with the "exquisite corpse" idea of continuing a story. It's a little hard to understand at first because it doesn't have a traditional sort of narrative. It's not as good as the directors later films but it possesses a lot of the motifs and signatures that the director would later employ. Cool for fans of the director but this is a very artsy/talky film. Not one for more casual audiences.
The first feature by Weerasethakul who won Canne 2010. A very innovative film which bravely challenges to break the wall between fiction and non-fiction. This film can be said as a "documentary about a story" or a "story about a documentary." I understand that many people would say that this film is hard to understand, but I don't think so - it's not hard but sometimes too "mysterious" (aim of the director is uncertain). Because the topic is really good, I think this film could be much more entertaining actually...
The Mysterious Object at Noon, often described as a surrealist film, is one of those cinematic experiences viewers either love or hate; it is one in which there is no middle ground. While there is no real genre into which this movie falls, it is perhaps best described as a documentary, in which Weerasethakul travels deep into the jungles of Thailand collecting variations on a simple folktale. The thing is, the film also examines the ways in which Weerasethakul asking about the tale changes it, and at times actively influences this, turning it in some ways into a game of exquisite corpse. You will either be bored senseless or fascinated.
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