The Anthem ★★★★

An Apichatpong Weerasethakul preview, a kind of purification done before a movie begins, as in the National Anthem that plays before every show in Thai cinemas (and pointedly doesn't in Cemetery of Splendour). Even this five minute film is split in half: the first part has three women chatting by a canal (one of whom is Jenjira Pongpas, if I'm not mistaken), then the second has the camera swirl one and a half times around a film crew recording an indoor badminton match. The women work at a table in the middle of the court, doing something with what looks like yellow flowers, while the anthemic electronic music plays. I'd stand and salute.

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