I like SLICE (2009, Kongkiat Komesiri, A+) very much for many reasons. One of them is because it fulfills my teenage fantasy. When I was a teenager, I liked to imagine a novel in which the hero and the heroine are partly similar to the ones in SLICE. I have to thank this film for realizing a part of my teenage dreams.
However, though I give this film A+, that doesn’t mean I love everything in this film. Parts of this film disturb me a lot, and I don’t know if in the future I will like this film more and give this film A++++, or like this film less and give it only A+/A.
Maybe what disturbs me can be regarded as a strong point of the film by some people, or a weakness by others. The word “disturbing” can be both good and bad in film-watching experience. What disturbs me in this film is the gesture of the film towards the orgy club patrons. Does the film portray these people in a non-judgmental way or not?
I love these orgy clubs and their patrons. I think they do nothing wrong at all. The fact that one of the patrons is an evil person doesn’t mean other patrons are also evil. The film somehow makes me question if the film shares my attitudes towards these people or not. Does SLICE love orgy clubs like SHORTBUS love them or not?
Maybe SLICE loves these orgy clubs, because the killer of these innocent orgy people is punished at the end of the film. Maybe not.
The problem I have with SLICE is somewhat similar to the problem I have with LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, because I seem to sympathize more with the victims of the protagonists than with the protagonists. In LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, I sympathize with the middle-aged woman who is infected by the heroine and decides to commit suicide instead of hurting other people.
The problem I have with SLICE also makes me think about many other things, including:
1.I don’t have problems with BAISE-MOI and LA CEREMONIE, though the heroines of these films kill a lot of innocent people, because I think (maybe wrongly) that these two films don’t try to justify the killing of these innocent people.
2.If the killer in SLICE kills only the son of the minister and doesn’t kill other patrons in the club, maybe I can like this film a little bit more. I’m not sure. I don’t have problems at all with a murderous gay character in HORSEMEN, and it may be because the actions of the gay character in HORSEMEN is a little bit more justified than the ones in SLICE.
3.Some gay people love SLICE very much. Some people think this film is homophobic. That makes me think about many other films in which the representations of some gay characters cause differences of opinions, especially among gay audience, such as
3.1 SAVING PRIVATE TOOTSIE (2002, Kittikorn Leosirikun)
Is this film pro-homosexual on the surface but deep down inside it is homophobic?
3.2 BRUNO (A+)
Does this film look down on homosexuals or homophobia?
3.3 MINIMART (2009, Siriporn Kongma + Panu Srichaithong, A+)
This film teaches the audience not to look down on homosexuals, but my friend thinks there’s something wrong with the gesture of this film.
3.4 TWO STORIES ABOUT DHAMMA (2008, Natchanon Jitweerapat + Isara Kunlum, A+)
I like this film very much, but I have to admit that I don’t like the representation of a gay character in this film at all.
3.5 Many films directed by Poj Arnon
Though some films are made by gay directors, that doesn’t make the films free of wrong attitudes towards gays.
3.6 BASIC INSTINCT
3.7 DRESSED TO KILL
3.8 METROSEXUAL (2006, Yongyoot Thongkongtoon, A+)
I like the ending of this film, but I think the ending can be a lot improved if the film spends more time exploring the real feelings of the “man” and shows the audience what he really feels towards the woman he is supposed to marry.
3.9 ME…MYSELF (2007, Pongpat Wachirabunjong)
I think the film is partly okay, though my psychiatrist friend says that the story of the film is not plausible at all.
4.Compared to other films with murderous gay characters, I think I prefer SLICE to KON GIN MIA (1974, Dokdin Ganyamarn) and SICK NURSES (2007, Piraphan Laoyong + Thodsapol Siriwiwat), and maybe I like SLICE as much as SCARLET DESIRE (2001, Anucha Boonyawattana).
5. Both SLICE and FAN CHAN portray lives of Thai rural little boys in the past and how their past lingers in their memories. I much prefer SLICE to FAN CHAN.
6.As for now, I still prefer HORSEMEN to SLICE. Somehow the murderous characters in HORSEMEN haunt me more than the one in SLICE, because I can feel the pain, the suffering, and the anger of the characters in HORSEMEN more. The killer in SLICE seems to suffer a lot of pain and suffering in the past, but somehow I can’t feel this enormous pain and suffering. I can see it being portrayed on the screen, but I can’t feel it as much as I think it should be. The performance of Zhang Ziyi and Patrick Fugit in HORSEMEN are unforgettable for me, and it may be one of the reasons why I can feel the pain of their characters.
As for now, I think I can’t forget the pain, the suffering, and the anger of the characters in HORSEMEN, but what I can’t forget in SLICE is its visuals and its story, not the feelings of the characters.
There are many things I love in SLICE, but since my friends love this film very much, so I hope they will write about the many good things about this film. As for now, I just want to express my confused feelings about this film.