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½ April 21, 2015
A series of Thai people from different parts of the country are asked to tell a story. After one woman tells her tragic personal history, she begins a tale of a crippled boy and his tutor. Then, people from Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Phitsanulok, Khon Kaen, and Phang Nga add parts to it. Since part of a story takes place during World War 2, I guess the director of Uncle Boonmee thought it would be easier to stick with the grainy, colorless style throughout. Including the "behind the scenes" parts.
½ May 4, 2014
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.
Super Reviewer
December 31, 2012
Exploring new boundaries through bold experimentation and playing with the line that separates reality and fantasy through the art of cinema, a new auteur arises, constantly challenging our concepts of imagination and improvisation, but always emphasizing the harsh social aura surrounding a random tale and the folkloric aura behind it.

½ June 4, 2012
Se siente como un ejercicio más que como una obra definitiva. Sin embargo Apichatpong despliega una búsqueda muy actual donde se van borrando los límites entre la realidad y la ficción a través de recursos como su explicitación total. Grabada en 16 mm, esta obra tiene un aspecto antiguo, lo que fortalece estéticamente al conjunto con una búsqueda muy moderna que se ve como un archivo más antiguo.

Recomendable en especial para quienes les interesa la búsqueda del coumental y los hibridajes de lenguajes en el cine.
½ April 15, 2012
An experimental film in the tradition of exquisite corpse (google it).. remarkably little goes on, and yet a perception of Thailand emerges.. I think this guy is great. A real artist.
½ January 9, 2011
A quiet, experimental docufiction about nothing. No, let me start again: A quiet, experimental docufiction about everything. The remarkable, highly original although far from perfect feature-length debut from one of the worlds best filmmakers.
½ November 17, 2010
"Mysterious Object At Noon" is Apichatpong Weerasethakul's debut, a very experimental film which is as much a fiction film as it is a documentary. The experiment is this: Have a person tell a story on film. Any story, whether true or untrue. Film it somehow with the resources. Then go somewhere else, ask a random, different person to continue the story, repeat the process. The stories from some of the children was quite fascinating, but it doesn't gel together with the fictional recreation parts, but since they are all filmed in 16mm black and white, which part is real and which isn't? And in the end, does it matter? I wished that the alien story could've come into fruition more. An exciting first film from one of Thailand's best.
November 7, 2010
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...
July 31, 2010
A storyline that develops from village to village in Thailand's countryside. An interesting look into the simple life of the majority of Thai people.
½ February 12, 2010
I generally steer clear of experimental cinema as I've found outside of Guy Maddin and Maya Deren, it's not really my thing. This was my experience with Mysterious Objects, moments of beauty surrounded by scenes that I wasn't able to follow or discern how they fit into the ongoing story/theme of the film. Only the ending with the school children telling folk tales and elbowing each other for screentime did Weerasethakul's use of "exquisite corpse" storytelling click into place.
January 12, 2010
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.
August 13, 2009
WEB-LETTERBOX. Su mezcla de documental impresionista y cadáver exquisito popular la llevan por el sendero de la pequeña grandeza... pero no sostiene su moméntum hasta el final. / Its combination of impressionistic documentary and popular exquisite corpse take it through the path of small greatness... but it doesn't keep its momentum till the end.
April 1, 2009
filmisches erzählen jenseits aller denkbaren konzepte von wirklichkeit und wahrheit. ich habe keine ahnung, wovon weerasethakuls filme sprechen, aber sie wirken merkwürdig faszinierend und beunruhigend modern.
½ February 4, 2009
really inspiring idea, and at times I really loved the camerawork (i'm assuming they didn't have very much money to produce this), but it did lag a bit in some places, and that overexposed look came out really gross sometimes. but it was so unique that it almost doesn't matter.
½ January 17, 2009
Interesting experiment in storytelling. Agree that the result is disjointed, but worthwhile for the voice-giving and participatory approach.
½ December 20, 2008
Loose, rhythmic, and playful with form like the other film by Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul that I've seen, Tropical Malady. Mysterious Object at Noon asks residents of remote Thai villagers to finish telling a story (in the manner of the Exquisite Corpse surrealist storytelling technique) and juxtaposes these interviews with a dramatization of the folkloric fantasy they've built.

It's obvious from the outset that the filmmaker is more interested in the people than the story they tell, and Weerasethakul is particularly skilled at pivoting off of human rhythms and idiosyncrasy in a manner that is both naturalistic and musical. Part of this approach is the offsetting and asymmetry he employs toward pacing, letting life breathe between the necessary assertions and movements of cinematic language.
August 30, 2008
Awesome . . . in the old sense of the word.
July 14, 2008
An unshakeable, unique work that mimics the surrealist "Exquisite Corpse" game, in which one participant continues the story told by the previous participant, with limited knowledge of what the story so far entails. Ultimately it amounts to a dense study of storytelling: the real lives, the imagined story, the telling of the story, and the making of the film. It all goes in directions that are unexpected but feel entirely organic, as if the whole thing was both being crafted and crafting itself.
May 29, 2008
It can sit alongside Linklater's Slacker or Kim's Real Fiction as an example of experimental "exquisite corpse" style storytelling, in which the central plot (if there is one) is told by a constantly rotating cast of participants. In this case, a woman telling a painful story of being sold into prostitution by her parents is interrupted by the cameraman who suggests she tell something else. This story, a tale of a crippled boy and his teacher, is told, retold, and transmuted until it becomes a fantastic composite containing bits of each person who helped tell it. Along the way there are many other (seemingly) random snippets which don't necessarily add to the main story, but don't exactly detract either(the amulet-centric piece in the doctor's office was particularly funny). Highly recommended if you're up for something difficult and very Thai.
½ May 19, 2008
An interesting film that for some reason reminded me of Chris Marker, although not nearly as good. Weerasethakul does a fantastic job creating and editing this experimental type of documentary. It really does showcase his early talent and gives some insight into of his masterpiece to come "Syndromes and a Century"
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