Limitless Cinema in Broken English

July 28, 2010

GENERATION UNDECIDED (2008, Elmar Szucs, A++++++++++)

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 11:18 pm


THAT SOUNDS GOOD (เราสองสามคน) (2010, Leo Kittikorn, Thailand, A+)


1.GENERATION UNDECIDED (2008, Elmar Szucs, Germany, documentary, A++++++++++)

This film is very humanist. It reminds me of other German documentaries which deal with ordinary men, such as

1.1 THE CHAMPIONS (2003, Christoph Huebner, A++++++++++)

1.2 THE HOUSEWIFE’S FLOWER (1999, Dominik Wessely, A++++++++++)

1.3 REDEMPTION (2009, Sabrina Wulff, A++++++++++)

I like the way German documentarians portray the lives of ordinary men, their hopes, their shattered dreams, their hesitation about choices in life, and most importantly, the struggles in their lives. The people in these German films may not be exactly “ordinary” in some people’s viewpoints. But I think these films show many things in the lives of these men which may strike a chord with some viewers.

Somehow GENERATION UNDECIDED is the opposite of THE CHAMPIONS, because GENERATION UNDECIDED ends with the success of one of the interviewees. This interviewee becomes hopeful in life. However, THE CHAMPIONS saddens me a lot when the “hopeful” interviewees become “hopeless” at the end of the film.

If I have to choose some Thai films to screen with these four German documentaries, I will choose:

1.4 BACKSTAGE (2010, Rungroj Pengpunchum, 15 min, A+++++)
This documentary is about the life and dream of an ordinary man who works at the backstage of concerts.

1.5 TO (2010, Uruphong Ruksasad, 16 min, A+++++)
I’m not sure if this film is a documentary or a fiction. But it looks very real to me. It deals with the life of an ordinary man who has been working for a few years after graduating from a university. He realizes that he is just a person, an ordinary person who may not be important at all to the society, the country, or the world.

2.HAIR (Vincent Hau Wei Chen, A+++++)

3.I’M A UNIVERSITY STUDENT (กูเป็นนักศึกษา) (2010, Ronnachai Panichkul, Thailand, documentary, A+++++)

4.EGO’S MASK (Huong Yu-run, Taiwan, A+++++)

5.A DAY ALONE (2010, Haidar Afandi, Singapore, A+)

6.LES CLOWNS PLEURENT AUSSI (2009, Maguy Fournereau, France, A+)

7.THE DOVECOTE (2008,Romain Beaudéan, France, possibly A+)

8.MENTALLY FAT (2008, Antti Heikki Pesonen, Finland, A+)

9.24-7 (Alison K., A+)

10.NGÃ (EGO) (2009, KT Doan, Vietnam, A+)

11.KISSING FACES (2009, Wesley Leon Aroozoo, Singapore, A+/A)

12.HAPPY NEW YEAR (2009, Wu Yu-chi, Taiwan, possibly A+/A)

13.SUNFLOWER (2010, Charlotte Michel, France, A+/A)

14.UNITED WE STAND (2009, Alejandro Pedregal, Finland, A+/A)

15.LOVE IN VAIN (2009, Mikko Myllylahti, Finland, A+/A)

16.WRITTEN IN THE MARGIN (2010, Oriane Descout, France, documentary, A+/A)

17.I AM (Khairul Zikri Kamarulzaman, A+/A)

18.DIALOGUE ABOUT GOD (2010, M. Fazrie Permana, Indonesia, A+/A)

19.WEDLOCK (2010, Haidar Afandi, Singapore, A+/A)

20.SUDDEN DEATH (2009, Alison K., A)

21.WE NEVER REALLY TALK (Ditta Aprilia, A)

22.EPIPHANY (2010, Han Xuemei, Singapore, A)

23.PEACE HOUSE (Chang Y-ning, Taiwan, A-/B+)

24.THE DARKEST WHITE (2010, Chen Ping Hong, Taiwan, B+)



  1. Heiii, i’ve read your blog and recognize that you write my film in there… hmmm, my name is Fazrie, i’m the director of Dialogue About God, i’m just wondering where n when you watch my film… n thanks to put my film in your blog. i really love it 😀

    Comment by Fazrie Permana — August 5, 2010 @ 10:20 pm

  2. Hi, I saw your film in the Bangkok International Student Film Festival on July 14. The website of the festival is here:

    Comment by celinejulie — August 6, 2010 @ 12:55 am

  3. Are you live in bangkok? It’s bad that I can’t be there at the festival :(… How is it? Is my film appreciated in there?
    Oh ya, are you have Facebook so we can be a friend?

    Comment by fazrie permana — August 9, 2010 @ 9:24 pm

  4. Yes, I live in Bangkok. The festival is good. The number of people attending this festival is average. Not too few. Not too crowded. I don’t know how other people think about DIALOGUE ABOUT GOD. My cinephile friends didn’t have a chance to see your films. As for me, I think your film is brave, because it touches on some sensitive subjects. I also like that it is not too sentimental. It doesn’t try to be too touching or try to manipulate the audience’s emotion too much.

    Yes, I have a Facebook. 🙂

    Comment by celinejulie — August 9, 2010 @ 11:44 pm

  5. wow I’m honoured that our film ‘I Am’ made your list although I’m still quite upset I was not informed by the festival organisers that they would be showing the short film we made even though not exactly as part of the festival

    Comment by Zikri — August 30, 2010 @ 10:02 am

  6. Hi, I just want to tell you that Chayanin Tiangpitayagorn, a Thai film critic, gives “A+” to I AM. He seems to like your film very much.

    I think your film is very exciting for the most part, though I’m not sure if I like the ending of the film or not. I can’t remember the details in I AM now. If I remember it correctly, the twist ending at the end of the film is very surprising, but it also looks funny.

    I think the organizers of NEXT SHOT festival are inexperienced university students, not professional film festival staff. I’m sorry to hear about the problem.

    Comment by celinejulie — August 30, 2010 @ 11:15 pm

  7. Wow, was there a review or something I could read?

    And yeah there were several short comings to the film but we did the best we could given the fact that it was a rushed job and that we only 3 days to shoot it lol. Thanks for your comment though I’ll remember it for the future if I ever get the chance on any other films

    And ah I see. Ah well, something they could learn for next time I guess haha

    Comment by Zikri — August 31, 2010 @ 5:57 am

  8. Unfortunately, Chayanin didn’t write a review on your film. He just gave some grades to the films he saw in the NEXT SHOT festival in a Thai webboard here:

    Comment by celinejulie — August 31, 2010 @ 11:11 pm

  9. There are 2 mentions of my film, unfortunately google translate doesnt make any sense (surprise! hahaha)

    Would you be so kind so as to translate these two?

    8. I am (?)
    หนังพูดภาษาอังกฤษ แล้วเสียงก็เบามากกกกกกกกกก staff ก็ไม่เห็นจะทำอะไร ท่าทางหนังจะตลกแบบเสร่อๆ ดี แต่ทนไม่ไหว ฟังก็ไม่รู้เรื่อง แอร์ก็หนาวโคตรรรรรรรรรรรรรรรรรร สุดท้ายเลย walk out ไปเดินเก๋ๆ ที่พารากอน สรุปมารู้ทีหลังว่า เรื่องนี้เรื่องสุดท้าย แถมยังพลาดฉากดราม่าแห่งปีด้วย อิอิ

    I Am (A+)
    – น่าจะเป็นหนังมาเลเซีย เริ่มด้วยห้องสืบสวนแปลกๆ ตัดกลับไปชีวิตแสนสุขของหญิงสาวนางหนึ่งที่ผัวไปทำงาน เสร็จแล้วเธอก็เจอกับการบุกรุกของผี! ตอนช่วงท้ายของหนังฮาเหมือนหนังมาราธอนมากๆ

    haha sorry if I’m being a nuisance, but I’m afraid my curiosity is hard to satisfy 😛

    Comment by Zikri — September 1, 2010 @ 1:15 am

  10. This is the rough translation:

    “8.I am (?)

    The film is English-speaking, but the voice is too soft that I couldn’t hear it. The festival staff did nothing to fix this problem. The film seems to be funny and silly. But I couldn’t stand it, because I couldn’t hear the voice of the characters. The room was also too cold. I decided to walk out and went to the Paragon Shopping Complex instead. But I found out later that this film was shown as the last film of the program, and I had missed the chance to see one of the most dramatic scenes of the year.

    I Am (A+)
    — I think it is a Malaysian film. It starts with a strange investigation room, and then the film flash backs to the happy life of a woman whose husband goes to work. Then she has to deal with the invasion of a ghost! The last part of the film is as funny as some Thai films in the Marathon Festival.”

    My own comment:
    As I am a Thai person whose English listening skill is not good, I think one thing that may help your film is to make English subtitles. Though your film is English-speaking, some audience may not catch what the characters are saying. And a film with subtitles does not suffer much when it is shown in a festival with poor sound quality. 🙂

    Comment by celinejulie — September 2, 2010 @ 10:21 pm

  11. ahahaha will keep that in mind for next time. I sent mine with subtitles in Malay as that was what was already prepared. thanks for the translation! 😀

    Comment by Zikri — September 3, 2010 @ 6:04 am

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