Fifth about The Seventh


Memoria: to say that Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s film is ponderous is quite an understatement. Its reliance on lengthy, quasi-static sustained shots is a test of one’s stamina and/or patience. This is a sensorial experience, not a narrative experience; something different for sure, but not necessarily working for everybody. The story follows a woman who starts listening for a unique sound and tries to figure out what is behind that phenomenon. The images shot by cinematographer Sayombhu Mukdeeprom are beautiful, lush, and painterly; the sound design of the film is equally solid and essential. The performances are minimalist and extremely quiet. Tilda Swinton does a lot with her posture; she looks almost alien, always curious and surprised by her surroundings. Juan Pablo Urrego and Elkin Díaz, playing the two men she meets on her journey, are both quietly dignified.

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