Friday, April 4, 2008

Wonderful Town reviewed in New York

Aditya Assarat's Wonderful Town has been playing in the New Directors/New Films series at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

IndieWire reviewed it:

A quiet, beautiful film that rewards the patient viewer, Wonderful Town is laden with tenderness, one that is specifically Thai. Yet the gentle courtship and affair between a visiting architect and a woman running her family's run-down hotel in a beach resort destroyed by the 2004 tsunami is disrupted by a hateful, violent act all the more potent following the calm -- much like the way the tsunami had suddenly interrupted the quiet life of the town.

Time Out New York also has a review:

A corporate architect arrives in a tsunami-damaged ghost town and starts romantically circling the owner of the ramshackle motel he’s staying in. Thai filmmaker Aditya Assarat’s attention to minute details and ravaged architecture screams Antonioni, but his ability to switch from dreamy to ugly in a heartbeat suggests a singular voice in the making.

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