Quick-Thoughts: Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Mysterious Objects at Noon (2000)

Apichatpong Weerasethakul Marathon Part I of VI

“Don’t forget my KFC Chicken. Don’t forget.”

One far-out concept for an experimental documentary, Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s feature-length directorial debut pieces together in a dense 90-minutes an elongated game of exquisite corpse where talking heads get to voice their own added on fictions that each reveal a little bit of human information regarding the subconsciously desired or simply observed diegetic life experiences that occupy the minds of the director’s hometown. Just a seed of a premise is set up to blossom from community into a fleshed-out fable marked up by the colliding storytelling comforts of its many people; their expansive culture unveiled from a new legend. Couldn’t make out anything particularly standout about Weerasethakul and first-time DP Sayombhu Mukdeeprom’s execution of the non-staged footage, aside from the courteous sincerity it has towards its diverse palette of subjects, but they still successfully complement the project’s inherently fertile premise via some atmospherically engaging recreations of the many recorded ideas extracted across Thailand. All in all, a solid celebratory tribute to inspired fictional narrative by virtue of the open-ended deconstruction of it. 

Verdict: B

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“Mysterious Objects at Noon” is now available to stream on The Criterion Channel.

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