Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Thailand, FRA 2002
125 min

Built around an afternoon shared by an unfulfilled middle-aged housewife, the Burmese immigrant who stays with her, and his plucky girlfriend, Blissfully Yours begins in the same anecdotal/ethnographic vein as the Thai directors Mysterious Object at Noon, then flowers into a contemplative experience of terrific breadth and mystery. Apichatpong uses duration the way other filmmakers use color or movement. The bulk of the film is devoted to a pastoral escape in a forest clearing on a mountaintop, where the housewife is trysting with her lover and the younger couple are whiling away the hours under the sun. Apichatpong is at the forefront of two of contemporary cinemas most important movements: the collapsing barriers between documentary and fiction, and between art and porn. By films end, after our senses have been tuned to the natural by so much skin, eating, sunlight, greenery, and flowing water, the image of a penis being lazily coaxed to erection by a womans hand takes on a wondrous quality, not unlike Painlevés film about seahorses. (Kent Jones)

  • Kanokporn Tongaram - Roong
  • Min Oo - Min
  • Jenjira Jansuda - Orn
  • Sa-gnad Chaiyapan - Sirote
  • Kanitpat Premkij - Tommy
  • Jaruwan Techasatiern - Arzt
  • Apichatpong Weerasethakul
  • Sayombhu Mukdeeprom
  • Teekadet Vucharadhanin
  • Lee Chatametikool
  • Lee Chatametikool
  • Santipap Ingon-gnam
  • Manita Niyomprasit
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35 mm
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