Friday, 1 March 2013

"Hi-So" (The Guardian 01/03/13)

Hi-So (uncertificated) 102 mins ****

Aditya Assarat is the Thai writer-director who caught eyes back in 2007 with his quietly stirring debut Wonderful Town, about an architect dispatched to a region flattened by the Asian tsunami. His third feature – its title short for “high society” – returns to similar terrain, watching discreetly as a drifting actor (Ananda Everingham) splits with his model girlfriend (Cerise Leang) while filming in a desolated coastal resort. Assarat shares Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s ability to conjure delicate moods and memories, but his interests reside in the concrete, rather than spiritual: the semi-demolished apartment block the actor retreats to becomes a particular source of fascination. It’s almost gallery-like in its resistance to urgent narrative drives – anyone who finds Sofia Coppola movies wispy should stay clear – yet if life, as they say, moves on, then here’s a film truly attuned to its underlying rhythms: an oddly cleansing, even affirming experience. 

Hi-So opens in selected cinemas from today.

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