Limitless Cinema in Broken English

July 4, 2009


Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 1:14 am

This is about a poll in my bilingual blog at



My poll 60 is inspired by BODILY FLUID IS REVOLUTIONARY, a non-mainstream film which moves very fast in some parts. This kind of fast pacing makes it very different from many arthouse films such as BIRTH OF THE SEANEMA (2004, Sasithorn Ariyavicha, Thailand, A+++++), of which its pace is extremely slow.

The fast-paced scenes in BODILY FLUID IS REVOLUTIONARY include the scene in which Gaze is having an affair with a guy, while Nob is masturbating. The editing in this scene is so fast that I could not understand at first what is happening in the scene. Another fast-paced scene that I like very much is the scene in which Nob and Gaze walk from a lift to their room. They walk past many colorful paintings of lips which are hung on the wall. The editing in this scene is very fast and very powerful.

After I saw BODILY FLUID IS REVOLUTIONARY, I want to make a list of my favorite fast-paced films. But the word “fast-paced” here is used arbitrarily. I do not use any scientific measures to judge which films move fast or slowly. I just use my feelings to judge which films move fast or slowly here. Thus, I won’t be surprised if any films which move very fast for me are considered slow films in other people’s eyes. The word “fast-paced” here does not necessarily mean the films move very fast. It may actually mean that my brain is too slow to follow the stories in these films in the first viewing.


1.THE ASTHENIC SYNDROME (1990, Kira Muratova, Russia)

2.AU HASARD BALTHAZAR (1966, Robert Bresson, France)

I think if I fall asleep for five minutes while watching THE BOURNE SUPREMACY or CRANK, I may still be able to follow its storyline or its plot after I wake up. But if I fall asleep for five minutes while watching AU HASARD BALTHAZAR, I may have missed a lot of things.

3.BODILY FLUID IS REVOLUTIONARY (2009, Ratchapoom Boonbunchachoke, Thailand)

4.CALM PREVAILS OVER THE COUNTRY (1976, Peter Lilienthal, West Germany)

5.IL DIVO (2008, Paolo Sorrentino, Italy)

6.FEMME PUBLIQUE (1984, Andrzej Zulawski, France)

This film seems to move very fast for me because of its aggressive acting and the constant moving of the characters.

7.THE INSECT WOMAN (1963, Shohei Imamura, Japan)

8.ISLAND OF FLOWERS (1989, Jorge Furtado, Brazil)

9.LOIN (2001, Andre Techine, France)

10.MALINA (1991, Werner Schroeter, Germany)

11.NINJA BUGEI-CHO (1967, Nagisa Oshima, Japan)


13.ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS (1939, Howard Hawks, USA)

14.A ROOM FOR RENT (1959, Yuzo Kawashima, Japan)

15.SAINT-CYR (2000, Patricia Mazuy, France)

This film seems to move at normal pace, but I couldn’t follow its storyline in my first viewing. I couldn’t understand why Madame de Maintenon (Isabelle Huppert) changes her way of teaching in the middle of the film. I came to understand it in my second viewing of the film.

16.SILENCE…WE’RE ROLLING (2001, Youssef Chahine, Egypt)

17.TOO MANY WAYS TO BE NUMBER ONE (1997, Wai Ka-fai, Hong Kong)

I have to see this film twice before I can follow its complex storyline.

18.TREASURE OF THE BITCH ISLANDS (1990, F.J. Ossang, France/Portugal)
The film tells the background of the story very fast. I could not remember the names of some characters in my first viewing. I felt very confused about the characters in this film. I can distinguish the characters in this film only after my second viewing.

19.A VIRUS KNOWS NO MORALS (1986, Rosa von Praunheim, West Germany)

20.YESTERDAY (2008, Sompot Chidgasornpongse, Thailand)
I feel this film move very fast because of its camera movement.

You can cast multiple votes.

The theme song of this poll is TAKE YOUR TIME (1990) by Mantronix featuring Wondress.



  1. Asthenic Syndrome is the best film I have ever seen. You know your stuff. I am busy translating other films by Muratova at the moment. Mother and Son by Sokurov changed my whole outlook on life. The early films of Bela Tarr pushed me closer to an understanding of my own history even though they were made about a different culture. Idioterne by Von Trier needs to watched more than once thats for sure.

    Comment by Peter — July 4, 2009 @ 8:56 pm

  2. Are you translating subtitles of Muratova’s films? That’s great. I have seen only one of her films, though I have heard that some of her films are available as DVDs with English subtitles. Plalai Faifa, who is a film critic at Bangkok Post newspaper, wrote about some of her DVDs. He likes her films.

    I haven’t seen MOTHER AND SON and the early films of Bela Tarr (I mean the ones before DAMNATION), but I like THE SUN (Sokurov) and SATANTANGO very much. I also like IDIOTERNE a lot, though I watched it only one time. But I think I need to see THE ELEMENT OF CRIME (1984, Lars von Trier) again, because I couldn’t follow its story in my first viewing.

    I think the film which changes my whole outlook on life may be L’ARGENT (Robert Bresson). THE DEVIL, PROBABLY doesn’t change my outlook on life, but it confirms my outlook on life.

    Comment by celinejulie — July 4, 2009 @ 11:40 pm

  3. Two in One, Muratova lastest film is available on Ebay or Amazon with Subtitles and is really great. It is aa real challenge I have set myself with the translating in that I am working from Italliaan subtitles into English, so I guess a fair bit will be lost in translation. I am getting help from an Italian friend and I just have to get an understanding of her early films.
    I also like the films of Satyajit Ray. They can be a little light at times but they make me feel so good to be alive. I will look into some of the films you have mentioned, I always look for advice. Have you seen the films of Sergei Paradjanov?

    Comment by Peter — July 6, 2009 @ 8:16 pm

  4. I have seen only five films by Satyajit Ray—PATHER PANCHALI (1955), APARAJITO (1956), TWO DAUGHTERS (1961), CHARULATA(1964), and DAYS AND NIGHTS IN THE FOREST (1970). I like DAYS AND NIGHTS IN THE FOREST the most. I think it may be because the way of life in this film is not much different from the way of our contemporary urban lives.

    As for Sergei Paradjanov, I have seen THE COLOUR OF POMEGRANATES (1969). I like it a lot, but I understand zero percent of this film. I think I might be too young when I watched this video. I need to see it again.

    Films which make me feel so good to be alive include FREE RADICALS (2003, Barbara Albert, Austria, A+). A part of this film is about a woman who had survived a plane crash but didn’t survive a car crash six years later. It makes me reflect on how our lives can end at any minute. The soundtrack of this film includes WE ARE ALIVE by Paul van Dyk. The song fits the film very well.

    Comment by celinejulie — July 6, 2009 @ 10:17 pm

  5. i think lots of MICHAEL HANEKE ‘s film change my outlook on life so so much especially THE SEVENTH CONTINENT and CODE UNKNOWN it made me realize what’s lie beneath my anger and why ha ha (but i think it’s not in a good way)

    and Yes The Devil, Probably confirmed my outlook of life too!

    Comment by FILMSICK — July 7, 2009 @ 10:32 am

  6. I haven’t seen CODE UNKNOWN yet, but my most favorite Haneke’s films is THE CASTLE, because the hero keeps running around all day and all night in the cold, trying to reach the castle or something like that, but it seems he never reaches the castle. It reminds me of our lives, because we struggle all day and all night, always meeting new obstacles in life, but never reaching everlasting happiness.

    Comment by celinejulie — July 7, 2009 @ 10:16 pm

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