Apichatpong Weerasethakul

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I liked Mysterious Object quite a bit. I am excited about Tropical Malady. I am waiting for Blissfully Yours.

He seems very shy in interview.

What do you think?

eat my replacement (nordicskilla), Tuesday, 5 July 2005 18:20 (seventeen years ago) link

I think he needs to come out of his shell and start using more green in his work.

Lara (Lara), Tuesday, 5 July 2005 18:23 (seventeen years ago) link

two weeks pass...
Saw Tropical Malady. Didn't really like it. :(

Blissfully Yours arrived in the mail today. It looks interesting.

Adam In Real Life (nordicskilla), Thursday, 21 July 2005 21:45 (seventeen years ago) link

i hope "weerasethakulian" becomes a film-snob buzzword.

Amateur(ist) (Amateur(ist)), Thursday, 21 July 2005 21:46 (seventeen years ago) link

also he attended the art institute of chicago, along with hong sang-soo. i find this sort of remarkable.

Amateur(ist) (Amateur(ist)), Thursday, 21 July 2005 21:47 (seventeen years ago) link

"mysterious object" was awesome, haven't seen the others - is "tropical malady" in theaters or on dvd?

Banana Nutrament (ghostface), Thursday, 21 July 2005 22:04 (seventeen years ago) link

It got a limited US theater release last Friday, but I'm sure you could get an import DVD.

Adam In Real Life (nordicskilla), Thursday, 21 July 2005 22:08 (seventeen years ago) link

Loved Tropical Malady, haven't seen the others.

Matt #2 (Matt #2), Thursday, 21 July 2005 22:33 (seventeen years ago) link

I loved Tropical Malady, really liked Blissfully Yours... sort of hated Mysterious Object.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Thursday, 21 July 2005 22:52 (seventeen years ago) link

i think we will soon have every possible permutation

Amateur(ist) (Amateur(ist)), Thursday, 21 July 2005 23:08 (seventeen years ago) link

A timely thread revival: I just watched Mysterious Object last night. What a cool movie. I liked it better than Tropical Malady, although I didn't dislike that -- it was interesting, and the juxtaposition of the two stories worked better than I might have expected. It was a little flat in places, though. I haven't seen Blissfully Yours, is that in Netflix yet?

gypsy mothra (gypsy mothra), Thursday, 21 July 2005 23:24 (seventeen years ago) link

possibilities include:

- haven't seen it
- have seen it, like it
- have seen it, don't like it

we have three films

3 x 3 x 3 = 27

c'mon this shouldn't be too hard

Amateur(ist) (Amateur(ist)), Thursday, 21 July 2005 23:30 (seventeen years ago) link

Doesn't Iron Pussy at least throw some fractions into the math?

Eric H. (Eric H.), Friday, 22 July 2005 03:54 (seventeen years ago) link

Does AW have a boyfriend? I sort of want to lick his palm.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Friday, 22 July 2005 03:56 (seventeen years ago) link

Eric, you dog. Will you call him Joe?

Blissfully Yours > Tropical Malady > Mysterious Object

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Friday, 22 July 2005 18:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Still have Blissfully Yours at home, I bought it on import form Thailand. Thai writing is beautiful.

Iron Pussy was...a collaboration with someone, no?

Adam In Real Life (nordicskilla), Friday, 22 July 2005 18:06 (seventeen years ago) link

Eric, what did you hate about Mysterious Object?

Adam In Real Life (nordicskilla), Friday, 22 July 2005 18:06 (seventeen years ago) link

Awaiting Eric's response, I found it (on first and only viewing) soporific, which is somewhat true of Tropical Malady's second half too.

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Friday, 22 July 2005 18:35 (seventeen years ago) link

I can see that. I didn't have that problem with Mysterious Object but certainly with the second half of TM.

Adam In Real Life (nordicskilla), Friday, 22 July 2005 18:51 (seventeen years ago) link

I thought Mysterious Object was pretty well engaging start to finish. Some of the longer stretches of the "narrative" part got wobbly, but he usually didn't let them go on too long. The folktale half of Malady does drone on, but I mostly enjoyed it. I saw it in an almost empty theater in midafternoon, and it was a kind of pleasantly hazy experience.

gypsy mothra (gypsy mothra), Friday, 22 July 2005 19:46 (seventeen years ago) link

I liked the structure, but gave up caring about the content of the narrative after a couple baton tosses. Started nodding off a half hour in...

I'll try again, but I thought it was telling that I was galvanized during Blissfully Yours and I saw that the same evening.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Friday, 22 July 2005 19:47 (seventeen years ago) link

But the content of the narrative is pretty secondary, really. It's more about the people he meets and the different ways they respond when he asks them to tell stories. And then I love toward the end when the little local theater troupe or whatever they are actually acts out part of the storyline. I dunno, I guess I found the whole thing pretty charming and also not incidentally fascinating as a Thai travelogue.

gypsy mothra (gypsy mothra), Friday, 22 July 2005 20:16 (seventeen years ago) link

five months pass...
I just finished Tropical Malady. The second half is indeed a chore to sit through.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn (Alfred Soto), Monday, 2 January 2006 15:31 (seventeen years ago) link

I forget -- the tiger married Anne Hathaway, right?

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Monday, 2 January 2006 20:35 (seventeen years ago) link

"That Thai jungle got us good."

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn (Alfred Soto), Monday, 2 January 2006 22:42 (seventeen years ago) link

It's the Brokeback Mountain of Thai folkloric hero quests.

gypsy mothra (gypsy mothra), Monday, 2 January 2006 22:45 (seventeen years ago) link

(doh, that's what Morbius was saying. sorry. i haven't seen BBMtn. yet, so i keep forgetting anne hathaway is in it)

gypsy mothra (gypsy mothra), Monday, 2 January 2006 22:46 (seventeen years ago) link

four weeks pass...
Blissfully Yours - still sat on my DVD shelf, wrapped in cellophane.

adamrl (nordicskilla), Wednesday, 1 February 2006 19:39 (seventeen years ago) link

Receptionist at work "Adam, you have a MYSTERIOUS package wrapped in brown paper, delivered from Thailand, waiting for you at the front desk."


Mysterious Object Delivered At Noon?

adamrl (nordicskilla), Wednesday, 1 February 2006 19:41 (seventeen years ago) link

one year passes...
OK, I liked Malady a lot more the second time. And Joe just did a "live commentary" to its DVD in SF a few weeks ago, some very interesting stuff for fans...

His latest just opened last week in NYC and is already down to 2 shows a day.

Dr Morbius, Thursday, 26 April 2007 20:37 (fifteen years ago) link

God, his films never fail to put me to sleep. I saw Tropical Malady and Blissfully yours and after an hour or so I was in that weird state where you're half-awake, half-asleep. Which is why I really like his films even though I've never managed to see one till the end. There is such a sense of peacefulness that lulls you.

Jibe, Thursday, 26 April 2007 21:18 (fifteen years ago) link

I missed the PFA thing, very diappointing. Syndromes And A Century screened in SF a few weeks ago.

admrl, Thursday, 26 April 2007 21:21 (fifteen years ago) link

syndromes = my favourite movie of 2006.

s1ocki, Thursday, 26 April 2007 21:28 (fifteen years ago) link

well, it only played festivals in '06, so that kinda doesn't count. Kinda.

Dr Morbius, Friday, 27 April 2007 16:13 (fifteen years ago) link

I bet s1ocki saw it at Toronto!

Hey Morbius do we have a gerneric rolling film festivals thread? I am going to see "Opera Jawa" at the SFIFF tonight. Let's talk festivals.

admrl, Friday, 27 April 2007 16:18 (fifteen years ago) link

no, I think ppl start threads when their local fests start rolling.

I am excited that I will have an excuse to go to the Castro Theater on my visit, as they'll be showing Herrmann-scored films.

Dr Morbius, Friday, 27 April 2007 16:20 (fifteen years ago) link

that's awesome!

did you go to sf indie this year adam?

s1ocki, Friday, 27 April 2007 16:22 (fifteen years ago) link

No, I intended to but never made it. I am going to a few things at this festival though.

admrl, Friday, 27 April 2007 16:24 (fifteen years ago) link

I though Blissfully Yours was on disc already, but Strand is releasing it tomw.

Dr Morbius, Monday, 7 May 2007 20:40 (fifteen years ago) link

I bought it on import DVD and the girl at the front desk at work wondered why I was receiving brown parcels from Thailand.

admrl, Monday, 7 May 2007 20:41 (fifteen years ago) link

duh show her this!!!



s1ocki, Tuesday, 8 May 2007 01:42 (fifteen years ago) link

DVD Beaver thinks it's cut.

Eric H., Tuesday, 8 May 2007 04:25 (fifteen years ago) link

stop calling yourself DVD Beaver and referring to yourself in the third person.

s1ocki, Tuesday, 8 May 2007 04:28 (fifteen years ago) link

... I think the DVD might be cut as well.

Eric H., Tuesday, 8 May 2007 04:31 (fifteen years ago) link

like, why? someone in Focus on the Family has Thai auteurs who put the opening credits in the middle of their films on their radar? Joe protests when his native gov't wants to cut his movies, but not his US distributor?

Dr Morbius, Tuesday, 8 May 2007 13:10 (fifteen years ago) link

This guy is super awesome. OTM on invoking trance state.

forksclovetofu, Tuesday, 8 May 2007 13:13 (fifteen years ago) link

syndromes = my favourite movie of 2006.

After one viewing?

Some arresting stuff, but the second half is as baffling as anything he's done. Armond White has a point or two on Too Much Too Soon.

Dr Morbius, Wednesday, 9 May 2007 14:14 (fifteen years ago) link

hey s1ocki,, was that female doc who took her liquor out of the prosthetic leg one of the potsmoking ladies from Malady?

Dr Morbius, Wednesday, 9 May 2007 20:46 (fifteen years ago) link

how many times do i have to see it?

i have it on dvd anyway

s1ocki, Wednesday, 9 May 2007 20:56 (fifteen years ago) link

i'm not sure if it is!

s1ocki, Wednesday, 9 May 2007 20:56 (fifteen years ago) link

Risk COVID if you must.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 9 April 2022 01:25 (eleven months ago) link

Apparently Memoria is being held over at AFI for a second week. I didn't think that was possible under the distributors' terms? (The Sunday afternoon screening I went to was sold out, and the programmers were struggling to make room for more screenings that week.)

And THIS to what everyone has been saying about the sound. By the last act my fellow audience was riveted.

Infanta Terrible (j.lu), Thursday, 14 April 2022 13:14 (eleven months ago) link

I'm glad I'm waiting for it to arrive at the Walker, even if it means waiting until almost July.

― Max Hamburgers (Eric H.), Friday, April 8, 2022 8:28 AM (six days ago) bookmarkflaglink


budo jeru, Thursday, 14 April 2022 15:27 (eleven months ago) link

The “only playing one city at a time for a week” release schedule was apparently abandoned by the US distributor (sez Wiki).


circa1916, Friday, 15 April 2022 00:35 (eleven months ago) link

Everyone was handed a film strip with scenes from the movie upon entrance at my AFI screening. Nice lil memento.

circa1916, Friday, 15 April 2022 00:51 (eleven months ago) link

one month passes...

I'm still sort of in disbelief about how astonishingly good this was

Attached by piercing jewelry (bernard snowy), Friday, 10 June 2022 13:05 (nine months ago) link

The best thing he's done since Tropical Malady IMO.

Chris L, Friday, 10 June 2022 13:44 (nine months ago) link

Words cannot express how disappointed I was that no fish were eaten

Attached by piercing jewelry (bernard snowy), Friday, 10 June 2022 15:44 (nine months ago) link

Finally got a chance to see Memoria yesterday, my wife and I loved it. It's still unfolding in my mind, it's a hard movie to say anything concrete about because so much of it seems to exist at the edge of perception. A movie you feel more than see, in a way. I know what Alfred means up above about holding his breath, it's so full of resonance even/especially when nothing is visibly happening. (And then when something does happen it's ... nothing you'd expect.) Lovely mysterious movie.

Afterward we had to stop by Target, and because it was 6:30 on a holiday Monday evening, the store was weirdly depopulated. We both commented after a few minutes that we felt like we were still in the movie, floating down these clean empty aisles.

Walking out into the real world afterwards, the sound of the city took on a new kind of resonance.

Yes, exactly.

i'm annoyed at myself for missing this when it came to our art house a few weeks ago.

the cat needs to start paying for its own cbd (map), Tuesday, 21 June 2022 21:22 (nine months ago) link

should i just watch it at home or is too much of the effect lost that way?

the cat needs to start paying for its own cbd (map), Tuesday, 21 June 2022 21:24 (nine months ago) link

If Joe ever actually releases it to home video, I'd totally recommend it — but for sure the big-screen immersion is important.

I watched it at home. It didn't open in South Florida.

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 21 June 2022 21:39 (nine months ago) link

I've had a screener for the last half year that I've been avoiding. I finally get a chance to see it in theaters this Friday.

Eggs Benedick (Eric H.), Tuesday, 21 June 2022 23:09 (nine months ago) link

played at a cinema 40min away from me in canada but the border crossing rules were still too tight for me to get there, no Weerasethakul exemptions. no sign of it coming around again anytime soon so just gonna download it and just watch it at home. feel like it might be a fun one to watch with headphones.

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Wednesday, 22 June 2022 13:38 (nine months ago) link

Yeah as noted above the sound is really essential, even in the long quiet sections.

Just got tickets to see it outside at the local gardens where we walk the dogs a few times per week. Very stoked.

broccoli rabe thomas (the table is the table), Sunday, 26 June 2022 22:35 (nine months ago) link

i had planned to see this at the walker art center in mpls but just realized it was THIS weekend and not the upcoming one :(

budo jeru, Sunday, 26 June 2022 23:30 (nine months ago) link

hmm i guess it's also playing in duluth at the beginning of august

budo jeru, Sunday, 26 June 2022 23:34 (nine months ago) link

As far as I'm concerned, the "must be seen in a theater" gimmick was no more true of this than any of his other films. This has a particular sound mix and narrative rhythm, but so do a lot of movies that aren't subjected to such theatrical-only gatekeeping. This is the best film of 2021 I've seen -- a total beauty -- and is more accessible than the release pattern and reviews might let on. See it on a smart fridge if you have to.

Chris L, Monday, 27 June 2022 13:16 (nine months ago) link

haha thx

the cat needs to start paying for its own cbd (map), Monday, 27 June 2022 13:23 (nine months ago) link

Apparently MUBI will be streaming it in some countries starting August 5. I'll see it in a cinema if I ever get the chance, but I have no regrets/apologies for watching it at home. I'm too far from anywhere.

WmC, Monday, 27 June 2022 13:31 (nine months ago) link

I agree that "must see in a theater" is no more true here than his films in general (or lots of movies, obviously, particularly ones that demand/reward slow careful attention). I've seen three of his movies in theater — Tropical Malady, Uncle Boonmee and this — and all were definitely enhanced by the experience. But I've also liked the ones I've watched at home. (I do really wish I could see Blissfully Yours on a big screen.)

No one else will ever be able to say this in this thread: I saw Memoria tonight, then I hung around for Caddyshack afterwards. (Not an obscurely conceptual double-bill, just bizarre programming.)

Fifteen or 20 minutes in, Memoria had a scene with subtitles. That went on for a couple of minutes, and then, for the rest of the film, no more subtitles. Two-four-six-eight people walked out at different points. Seeing as I was staying for the second film, I stuck it out, not 100% sure if it was a mistake or intentional--part of me wondered if it was the most audacious, arrogant example ever of a director saying "This is pure cinema so pure, subtitles aren't necessary."

The rest of us got a free pass as we exited, so evidently a mistake. (It was the first of a few screenings this week.) I will try to see it again and withhold comment until I do.

No subtitles for Caddyshack, either, but even though I was seeing it for the first time, I was able to follow along for the most part.

clemenza, Sunday, 3 July 2022 04:24 (eight months ago) link

Cool, so you liked Memoria!

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 3 July 2022 09:50 (eight months ago) link

I saw memoria in the theatre a couple weeks ago.


《Myst1kOblivi0n》 (jim in vancouver), Monday, 4 July 2022 19:37 (eight months ago) link

wasn't sure about it tbh, glad I watched it but some aspects I didn't really enjoy and there's a bit near the end that made me chuckle somewhat derisively.

best scenes are the long dialogues between Tilda and the dude at the end

《Myst1kOblivi0n》 (jim in vancouver), Monday, 4 July 2022 19:38 (eight months ago) link

that bit near the end is transcendent

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Monday, 4 July 2022 19:51 (eight months ago) link

xxp You’re lucky, after my screening we got Caddyshack II.

Chris L, Monday, 4 July 2022 19:51 (eight months ago) link

Now I’m just imagining Tilda passing by Chevy Chase doing his zen driver practice in the middle of a mountain jungle lmfao

broccoli rabe thomas (the table is the table), Monday, 4 July 2022 22:43 (eight months ago) link

two weeks pass...

there's a bit near the end that made me chuckle somewhat derisively.

You mean the "Flight of the Navigator" ship with a new paint job? This not particularly convincing sfx shot kind of broke whatever spell the film was casting. I forget which one, but one of Jia Zhangke's films does this too - a naturalistically shot film with one special effect that sticks out like a sore thumb.

I certainly agree with a lot of the positive comments about this, but it's probably my least favourite of the five of his films I've seen.

I was not aware until I saw his name in the credits that Danny Glover has a production company that has been involved in three of Weerasethakul's films.

Props to Hernan #2 for playing dead so well for so long.

Hans Holbein (Chinchilla Volapük), Sunday, 24 July 2022 07:16 (eight months ago) link

So there is going to be a physical media release for Memoria after all:


Ward Fowler, Friday, 5 August 2022 14:54 (seven months ago) link

I want my eight bucks back!

Sonned by a comedy podcast after a dairy network beef (bernard snowy), Friday, 5 August 2022 15:25 (seven months ago) link

six months pass...



GMC: I want to know more about what you’re working on, but first I must congratulate you: Tropical Malady was just voted one of the 100 best films of all time. I imagine you saw the Sight and Sound poll. Does that kind of recognition mean anything to you? And are you surprised Tropical Malady was singled out, rather than one of your other films?

AW: Well, sometimes I am asked to make a list, and often I change that list. So, it doesn’t mean much… And for me, it doesn’t mean one work; Tropical Malady belongs to the other pieces of my memory because they are all connected. Whatever film is in there, it’s the same, they’re connected. What is meaningful is that the film still resonates after all this time. It’s like a very, very old memory, so I’m surprised.

GMC: You’re in the process of restoring Tropical Malady, right?

AW: Yes, hopefully we’ll be able to release it by August next year.

عباس کیارستمی (Eric H.), Wednesday, 15 February 2023 17:05 (one month ago) link

clem! Did you ever give Memoria a second shot?!

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 15 February 2023 17:54 (one month ago) link

Never did post here about seeing Memoria -- caught it at one of some irregular Alamo screenings here last September. Very involving, I thought, and I'm glad for the experience.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 15 February 2023 18:34 (one month ago) link

forks where did you get that shirt

Goose Bigelow, Fowl Gigolo (the table is the table), Wednesday, 15 February 2023 22:22 (one month ago) link

It's been almost two years since Memoria screened at Cannes and won the Jury Prize, and it looks like it isn't going to be available on streaming or on dvd in the US any time soon, although it is continuing to be shown at a few various small theaters around the country for one day or one week at a time.

That strategy has some brilliance, I see that it is trying to build a cult audience, but it is also very frustrating

Dan S, Thursday, 16 February 2023 00:53 (one month ago) link

thanks forks

Goose Bigelow, Fowl Gigolo (the table is the table), Thursday, 16 February 2023 17:46 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...

Just got this from the library, excited to watch sometime this week.

UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2010) Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Sensory Meridian Response is a wonderful thing. In the Thai genius’s movies, the characters speak slowly and hypnotically, usually in tandem with a soothing symphony of buzzing insects. Uncle Boonmee, in particular, depicts a somnolent environment in which ghosts, monsters and humans peacefully co-exist. Subsequently, the soundscape is two hours of pure pleasure, including an “aural” sex scene between a princess and a catfish that amounts to ASMR-esque ripples of water and an occasional moan. As Weerasethakul encourages viewers to fall asleep during his movies, his entire back catalogue can be appreciated with closed eyes. So much so, the director released an album of “selected soundworks” from his filmography, including the jungle noises from Uncle Boonmee.

The field divisions are fastened with felicitations. (Deflatormouse), Tuesday, 14 March 2023 12:31 (two weeks ago) link

same here but i don’t think i’ve ever heard rain sound so amazing and lifelike in a film as i did watching this in a theater


The field divisions are fastened with felicitations. (Deflatormouse), Tuesday, 14 March 2023 12:33 (two weeks ago) link

on a recent long flight I had put a rip of Syndromes and a Century on my iPad and expected it to not quite work in that context, but I was drawn in and mesmerised as always. I have no idea how he sustains such a hold during long, slow takes. I find his stuff transformative to watch. I think I’m kind of addicted to how it feels.

assert (matttkkkk), Tuesday, 14 March 2023 13:04 (two weeks ago) link

he's coming to the walker in mpls in april. going to screen his shorts and a few days before is introducing a tsai ming-liang film


budo jeru, Tuesday, 14 March 2023 23:46 (two weeks ago) link

Oh man, he's introducing Goodbye, Dragon Inn — which I think is his favorite film. I'd love to see that on a big screen.

So I made it exactly 3 minutes into Uncle Boonmee before I fell asleep. Not gonna lie, i allowed myself to nap through the entire thing. 10/10, mostly for the audio, and also for the occasional glimpses of the film i caught whenever i remembered to open my eyes.

Will rewatch 'properly' before I return it, needless to say his album of "selected soundworks" has jumped to the top of my wantlist.

The field divisions are fastened with felicitations. (Deflatormouse), Saturday, 18 March 2023 01:13 (one week ago) link

I bet he would be delighted with that experience

assert (matttkkkk), Saturday, 18 March 2023 03:57 (one week ago) link

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