Quick-Thoughts: Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Blissfully Yours (2002)

Apichatpong Weerasethakul Marathon Part II of VI

“I feel like hitting someone.”

The opening credits drop… *mwah* 

It’s a rare case for cinematic realism to be depicted to such an anthropological and down-to-earth degree especially for a feature-length fiction as it is in Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Blissfully Yours, serenely exhibiting many of our nurturing practices towards one another with its visibly affectionate scrutiny of this way of life for all therapeutic intents and purposes, sometimes though through its polar opposite also to substantiate the human species’ compound intellectual or emotional configuration, not to mention through our impulsive yet cleanly neediness for control over the environments we encounter as well. In context with the film’s romantics too, it’s always hard to ignore a narrative’s impression when it beholds a classic dichotomy between the old vs the young for us to woe at.

For a director who is building off of his feature-length directorial debut which expressed itself in the form of an experimental documentary, it’s not remotely surprising to see that its transition of a rather narrative / fictional follow-up still inhabits a concrete aura of the real world itself. It’s another piece where Weerasethakul shares with us glimpses of his culture in Thailand, howbeit this time just enough so to create a broader universal relatability to it based on the vague inclinations of its characters stemmed from perhaps their immigrant-based adversities or the business ethics that handle them. 

So great, great, great stuff. At the moment, I might be in love with its unparalleled simplicity.

Verdict: B+

Apichatpong Weerasethakul Ranked

“Blissfully Yours” is currently not available to stream on VOD.

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