Limitless Cinema in Broken English

June 28, 2008


Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 11:20 pm

This is my comment in Bioscope webboard:

I just saw UNDER THE BLANKET (2008, Tossapol Boonsinsukh, A+++++). As for now, I can only say that it is unclassifiable or indescribable for me. The more I try to write about it, the more I feel I unfairly “reduce” the film or the images in the film. UNDER THE BLANKET may not arouse my feelings as strongly as his previous films, but it is still as unforgettable as his previous films. Many scenes in UNDER THE BLANKET have a quality that I like very much. They make me feel free or liberated while watching them. That is not what I feel when I watch most films. Many scenes in UNDER THE BLANKET are not enslaved by storytelling, messages, meanings, or obvious connection to the previous or the next scenes. I mean these scenes may actually tell a story, send a message, carry some meanings or symbols, and have connection to other scenes, but they are not as enslaved by these things as scenes in other films. That’s why I feel free or liberated while I watch most scenes in UNDER THE BLANKET.

It may be totally unrelated, but I want to note that after I saw UNDER THE BLANKET on Friday, I went home to sleep and had a dream that I listened to the song WE’RE ALL ALONE and felt very sad. After I woke up, I cried a lot because of the mysterious sadness lingering from the dream. This song is not in the film, but I wonder if UNDER THE BLANKET had some mysterious effect on my subconscious or not. Is my dream unintentionally caused by some feelings I had while I was watching this film? Maybe not.

This is the video clip of Rita Coolidge singing WE’RE ALL ALONE:

This is the lyrics:

Outside the rain begins and it may never end
So cry no more on the shore
A dream will take us out to sea
Forever more forever more

Close your eyes and dream
And and you can be with me
‘Neath the waves through the caves of hours
Long forgotten now
We’re all alone
We’re all alone

Close the window
Calm the light
And it will be alright
No need to bother now
Let it out
Let it all begin
Learn how to pretend

Once a story’s told
It can’t help but grow old
Roses do
Lovers too
So cast your seasons to the wind
And hold me dear
Oh, hold me dear

Close the window
Calm the light
And it will be alright
No need to bother now
Let it out
Let it all begin

All’s forgotten now
We’re all alone
oh-oh, we’re all alone



1 Comment »

  1. This is my reply to Tossapol Boonsinsukh in my bilingual blog:

    If this film is shown again, please tell me about the schedule, because I want to see this film again very much.

    I like many, many things in this film. I also like what you said after the screening very much. Now I think that maybe the last 15-20 minutes of this film may be an imagination of a character. What actually happens may be like this: a lonely man goes to the scientific museum, he sees a girl, he imagines that this girl is someone he knew, etc.

    Somehow I think that “the scientific museum” is another important character in this film. It seems as if we watch these human characters through the eyes of the playful (and maybe lonely) scientific museum.

    Comment by celinejulie — June 30, 2008 @ 11:03 pm

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