Reservations For Reservations (Movie Thoughts: Mekong Hotel)

MV5BMjQ0NjU3MjQwM15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNDYxMzExODE@._V1_UY268_CR4,0,182,268_AL_Apichatpong Weerasethakul is the director of ‘Mekong Hotel’ and this movie was sceened out of competition at Cannes in 2012. I understand Weerasethakul has his share of fans, and they are probably the only ones who will like this film. I went into this knowing nothing about the movie (nor the director) and after seeing it, I scratched my had and asked “what f*** did I just watch?”

This movie feels more like an artistic experiment, and has a feel of a group of people on vacation doing a ‘let’s see if we can make a movie over the weekend’ project. There are short fragments of a storyline here – a couple getting to know each other, and potentially falling in love. There are also ghosts, and they are colled ‘pob,’ and it could be jarring when all of a sudden you see them in scenes where they are eating entrails after a heartfelt scene between the two lovers (some of whom are the same actors) There is beautiful guitar music that permeates throughout the movie, and it was the only think that kept me awake as I was starting to lose patience over extended scenes of looking out the window from the hotel foyer. Thank God this only clocked a minute less than an hour, as I don’t think I could have endured one more minute of it.

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