The story of a love affair that begins during a picnic on the Thai-Burmese border.
The story of a love affair that begins during a picnic on the Thai-Burmese border.
Sud sanaeha, 친애하는 당신, Suavemente Tua
First off, I love that all of Apichatpong Weerasethakul's films seem connected in one way or another, whether it be the reference to the character of Uncle Boonmee in Tropical Malady, or the long, backwards-POV driving scene in Blissfully Yours, reminiscent of the style of direction in his previous/debut feature, Mysterious Object at Noon. He has already solidified himself as a true auteur, and has gradually become one of my favorite directors.
Some things that I loved about Blissfully Yours...
- It is proof that the structural or stylistic choices that a filmmaker makes can be just as amazing as a film's content.
- The first 'kissing scene' between Roong and Min by the berry trees feels BEYOND genuine, like…
Narrative Cinema - One Middle Finger to that.
This is Bliss. The zenith of cinematic perfection.
What am I writing? This blows everything out of the water right now.
Underrated. Genius. Masterful.
Decay. Loss. Death. Fascinating.
Lush. Lyrical. Love.
Hey Joe. Thanks!
Weerasethakul is God.
(expect a more coherent review once I let everything sink in...)
The first time I saw this, I was swept away by the languid happiness of the young lovers, the delicate rhythm of the 21st Century A Day in the Country, where a single afternoon of happiness can define a lifetime. This time, I was caught up in Jenjira Pongpas's older woman, her sadness and longing and most especially her trepidation at going into the water. It's not so much that she wants the romantic connection the kids have found (though there is that element for sure), but rather, the key exchange in the film comes with her husband, and her regret over the fact that the baby they had had drowned. This is why she fears going into the water,…
That startling title card music halfway though was better than most jump-scares
I am not sure quite what to think. It's beautiful and quiet, resolutionless, aimless, subtle, and poetical, but I feel like I missed something. A little Googling tells me what a Karen is (an ethnic group in the region), but I feel like there are undertones and overtones that I don't get regarding the interplay between the Karens, the Burmese, the Thai, and so on. Also, Japanese ghost.
But I liked it. I am just not sure what it was trying to say, if anything. I thought the long, quiet sequences, especially in the car, were phenomenal, and the drawings that appeared on screen were immediately endearing. I also appreciated the humor (or the humor that I realized was humor) in the film, which was subtly silly.
December count: 34/100.
Holy shit, I think I just accidentally watched one of the most beautiful films ever made????
I cannot quite explain it, but this film feels absolutely "pure".
☆"I know you'll love this place."☆
I'm taking a one-day break from watching all of the films in Martin Scorsese's "World Cinema Project" collection, of which Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Mysterious Object at Noon -- his debut feature -- was a part. I have three exciting films to watch today, and a special surprise this afternoon, but because I was so thrilled to see more from "Joe" as his peers call him, I'm jumping right into Weerasethakul's second feature, the notoriously slow-moving romantic drama S̄ud s̄aǹeh̄ā ["Blissfully Yours"], winner of the 2002 Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes.
A mysterious rash has afflicted Min (Min Oo), an undocumented Burmese immigrant who now lives in Thailand. His girlfriend Roong (Kanokporn Tongaram) takes him…
The structures of narrative are cast aside, and the story is allowed to unfold naturally. The long opening sequence (when the title credits started rolling 45 minutes into the movie, I nearly screamed!!!) reveals the characters (their motivations, their situations, their desires) in their natural environment. And what comes after that opening sequence is pure cinematic bliss. I can’t even find the words to express how beautiful this transcendental experience of the senses is. The more I think about it, the more I fall in love with it.
"Falling asleep in the cinema is not about boredom but a feeling of comfort, as when sun is shining on you and you feel warm." - Lucrecia Martel
I wasn't sure what I was watching early on - and I've seen my share of contemplative films - but I eventually became immersed in the world created by Weerasethakul. He tends to focus on small gestures and moments and how revealing they can be in terms of emotion and meaning. It's essentially a two-part movie, with the first taking place in the city and establishing the characters before the opening credits come in! Then Weerasethakul takes us to the country where the film simply observes the characters without anything else on its mind. A beautiful and haunting film which becomes rewarding if you stick with it.
Apichatpong Weerasethakul #2
Weerasethakul throws out the conventions of narrative cinema in favour of a quiet, contemplative intimacy; his camera lingers for minutes on end, intent on showing us how the smallest of moments can contain a multitude of emotions and meanings. After Blissfully Yours' 45 minute prologue (punctuated by what may be the most surprising opening credits I've ever encountered), the film's characters retreat into the wilderness, searching for somewhere to hide from their problems, their pain and their world; for a moment, in the constant and clear water of a river, they find this sense of isolation. But, as the film's sombre, wordless final sequence demonstrates, escape is ultimately impossible.
Take solace in the moments; they're beautiful, but temporary.
The final entry in 30 Countries in 30 Days. Today: Thailand!
And with that, it's over. Not with a bang, but with a long, slow Zen-out from long, slow Zen-out master Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Blissfully Yours is his longest film by a small margin but, in truth, it feels like his longest film by a long margin. It's famously the one where the opening credits come in after forty-five minutes - a magical moment, but one which does emphasise how much the preceding three-quarters of an hour really did feel like a pre-credits sequence. Unlike many of his other films, the surreal or supernatural does not provide an animating jolt, though the strong sex scenes have a similar effect.
I fully believe that Apichatpong Weerasethakul made this movie with the goal to put people too sleep. Why else would you have 10 minute long takes of people sleeping next to a creek with some of the most soothing insect, flowing water, and general forest sounds?
Tudo tem o seu tempo de de maturação. Mas, de repente, as coisas espontaneamente mudam de rumo e seguem um outro caminho.
A paisagem é mágica. Protagonista.
Vibes and pure love
Patient, onirique et humain.
Le générique de titre arrive à la 43e minute seulement.
Du beau stock.
tfw you wanna be roong but you’re actually orn :/
Engaging and lovely, the film is elegantly and confidently pieced together in two parts. The first in the city, at a doctors office, then various work places. Then our three main characters decamp to the country for a horny idyll of relaxation and connection to the forest, and perhaps some rejuvenation as well.
At times cryptic, such as during the odd closing titles, the film is more straightforward than most of the director's films, and in some ways, this one might be my favorite of his.
I don’t completely understand how this film works, but it does.. and in the most pleasing way. Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s not only the best Thai director out there to me, but also one of the best directors as a whole. The way this film has so much to say and gives you so much to discover.. is incredible. The 45 minutes of opening scenes left me pretty surprised in a really, really good way.. 2000’s cinema was truly a cultural reset, full of creativity. The cinematography is immaculate and I don’t know how to explain this but it really gives me so much peace, Weerasethakul seems to tell us — there’s no need to rush, appreciate every single moment. And in this he completely succeeds... there’s everything but boredom. Beautiful.
I’m just in love at the way Apichatpong Weerasethakul captures silence.
Poetic, hypnotic, intimate, serene. Another wonderful mediation session sponsored by Apichatpong Weerasethakul.
Also the opening credits really came out of nowhere, 45 minutes into the film.
Not quite my tempo.
Couldn't understand a single thing and the excessive mundanity came out to be very much disposable. Yet, the film didn't bore me for even a single second. The minute actions hinted at some or the other revelation acting as a source of intrigue. There is no obvious answer to summarize the experience and there is also a lack of takeaway but that doesn't prevent Blissfully Yours from becoming a recommendation.
Having said that, watch at your own discretion.
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