Mysterious Object at Noon (2000)


A stunning, form-defying debut from Apichatpong Weerasethakul. His use of the “exquisite corpse” technique to build an ever-evolving storyline is wonderful. The film’s combination of fictional off-shoots and personal testimonials from genuine faces really makes it a unique viewing experience, some of the stories his subjects recall are heartbreaking while others are a delight. I’m always struck by Weerasethakul’s casual reinvention of cinema and structure. It’s not like he’s trying to invent new forms of storytelling, he just happens to manage it every time. Part documentary, part drama, part fairy tale, part poetry, all cinema. I’ve honestly never seen anything like it.

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