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Mundane History / Jao Nok Krajok
Mundane History / Jao Nok Krajok
2010, 35 mm, Color (16th Festival on Wheels)

Anocha Suwichakornpong
Anocha Suwichakornpong
Leung Ming Kai
Lee Chatametikool


Phakpoom Surapongsanurak, Arkaney Cherkham, Paramej Noieam
Electric Eel Films, Soros Sukhum, Anocha Suwichakornpong
Pascale Ramonda, 91 rue de Menilmontant 75020 Paris France T +33 6 6201 3241|

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.

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