Mundane History / Jao Nok Krajok
2010, 35 mm, Color (16th Festival on Wheels)
PhotographyLeung Ming Kai
CastPhakpoom Surapongsanurak, Arkaney Cherkham, Paramej Noieam
ProductionElectric Eel Films, Soros Sukhum, Anocha Suwichakornpong
DistributionPascale Ramonda, 91 rue de Menilmontant 75020 Paris France T +33 6 6201 3241| email@example.com
A simple story about the hesitant overtures between a bitter invalid and his new nurse is the
prelude to a hallucinogenic meditation about our place in the universe. As impressive and
mysterious as life itself.
A bitter young man who is paralysed from the waist down after an accident has been appointed
a new nurse. Their relationship is cool, to put it mildly, and his authoritarian father, who seldom
shows his face, also is not a model of warmth and understanding. In long, neutral scenes
separated by hard cuts, the contours emerge of a restrained psychological drama in which the
young man’s cynicism slowly makes way for a renewed, cautious attempt to explore life.
Then the film unexpectedly drops all its reserves and explodes in a hallucinogenic ode to the
universe that, like people, has to go through a cycle of birth and death. The editing frees itself
from the fixed course of time. ‘Can you live in an eternal present, without past and future?’ is the
question that is asked somewhere halfway through. Behind the narration about the paralysed
man and his nurse lies the real essence: a meditation about our place in the cosmos - insignificant,
yet grand. It all comes together in that long, majestic shot of a birth.