Limitless Cinema in Broken English

January 20, 2010

THE FINAL BOW (A++++++++++)

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 11:33 pm

(copy from my Facebook)

I saw MEMOTECH (2009, Rannvá Káradóttir, Marianna Mørkøre, A+++++) at Patravadi Theater. It is a part of a show called THE FINAL BOW (Cathy Seago + Shi Jing Xin + Ng Mei-yin + Wang Wei Quartet + Rannvá Káradóttir, A++++++++++), which is extremely amazing. In one part of this show, three female dancers and some musicians perform some dance and music in front of a white screen. There is a spotlight shining at the front of them, which make them cast their shadows onto the white screen behind them. But the screen is also showing a film about some dancing shadows and music-playing shadows. So the audience can’t tell which shadows are the real shadows from the spotlight, and which shadows are the ones in the film. It gives me a very creepy, haunting feeling. It makes me feel as if I saw some ghosts dancing on the screen. It reminds me of the last scene in THE SCREEN AT KAMCHANOD, in which some ghosts are trying to break out of the white screen. However, if THE SCREEN AT KAMCHANOD is as haunting as THE FINAL BOW, it would have been one of my most favorite Thai films of all time.

Trailer for MEMOTECH
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjbEjcmhc5k

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2 Comments »

  1. HI,

    Thanks for the review. I am one of the artist in the Final Bow project, it was nice to get some audience respond after the show.

    By the way, I can see from your blog that you are in to film, are you a film critic or a film maker? We are looking to continue our project in Thailand, and will be interested to exchange with some Thai film or video artist. Anyway to link us up to some interesting artists?

    Also, how do you find out about The Final Bow performance, and what attract you to the show?

    Comment by Mei-Yin Ng — January 24, 2010 @ 9:00 am

  2. Hi

    I’m neither a filmmaker nor a film critic. I’m just an ordinary audience who like to see films. If you are interested to link up with some interesting Thai film/video artists, you may contact the Thai Film Foundation at info@thaifilm.com , and tell them about your project or which kind of video artists you are looking for. I think the Thai Film Foundation may be able to give you some suggestions.

    Or maybe you can contact Tossapol Boonsinsukh. He is an interesting Thai film artist who used to work with some dance artists (his sister and his friend). Maybe he is able to help you.

    Tossapol’s e-mail address:
    pok_office(at)hotmail(dot)com

    (I spell it this way to help preventing automatic spam mails being sent to his address.)

    This is a video of Tossapol capturing his friend’s performance:

    I think I found out about THE FINAL BOW performance from the Bangkok Post newspaper. I went to see them because I like to see some stage performances from time to time. I have no knowledge about this kind of art, though. But seeing them usually give me a lot of pleasure.

    By the way, I love the first part of your CINDERELLA TOE JAM very much, when the audience can see only your back. I think it is very creative, funny, and daring. 🙂

    Comment by celinejulie — January 25, 2010 @ 8:01 pm


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