Blissfully Yours (Weerasethakul, 2002)

Blissfully Yours (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2002)

Perhaps my tastes are starting to change, but this was too slow and meandering for me. Well, actually, there are several scenes filmed while driving where the focus is on the sights and sounds of the road. I have always liked scenes like this where characters are traveling and we experience what they do. So while those are considered slow and meandering, they brought a sense of poetic relaxation to the film. It’s scenes where we watch a woman talk to her doctor for 15 minutes, or of a couple napping in the woods that became tiresome. Additionally, weird quirks like having the opening credits 45 minutes into the movie, and random John Madden-esque drawings on the screen made it feel like Weerasethakul was trying too hard. There is a lot of gorgeous cinematography, and some nice people amongst nature stuff going on here, but these characters didn’t draw my attention or sympathies at all.  5.75/10


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