Weerasethakul narrates his stories with such easiness that it flows through your veins placidly like a forest stream as the giggling sounds of the water harmoniously mixes with the sounds of leaves rustling and insects chirping.
In the second segment of Fantasia, set to Tchaikovsky's 'The Nutcracker Suite', there is a scene where a group of pretty pink colored flowers drop graciously into a stream while their floating images are mirrored on the water. The stream radiates blushing waves as the flowers land on the surface of the water. This particular scene brought back a certain memory of my childhood.
When I was a child, my friends and I used to play on a rock outcrop…
"So what more do you want?"
"Nothing anymore. I wondered how it feels, a man's life on your conscience."
Caché is an exploration of human conscience set against the backdrop of a bourgeois family. Like all other works from Michael Haneke, it gives us no conclusions, only possibilities. Rather than focusing on the perpetrator, it paints out the dilemma of George as he oscillates between his sense of guilt and its denial. It is riveting, unyielding and powerfully acted (How I love Binoche!). For me, the best work from Haneke.
Vive L'Amour 's achievement lies in its minimalism conveyed through the sparse dialogue, nakedness of the surroundings, vulnerable look of the characters and the controlled and tensive sex scenes. They perfectly reflect the hollowness of the lives of the characters as they struggle to survive (rather than to live). Final shot showing Lin wandering around like a ghost of Monica Vitti's character in Antonioni's films is particularly striking.