Mekong Hotel
Mekong Hotel (2012)

Shifting between fact and fiction in a hotel situated along the Mekong River, a filmmaker rehearses a movie expressing the bonds between a vampire-like mother and daughter...

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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Apichatpong resists control and eschews close-ups, maintaining as always a Zen-like approach to his material.

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Neil Young
Hollywood Reporter

Miniature rumination on reincarnation and romance overstays its welcome even at 59 minutes.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A tone poem on the theme of "acting out dialogue".

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

Compared with Weerasethakul's acclaimed features, it feels cobbled together and improvised, which for the most part it was.

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Maggie Lee
Variety

A 59-minute offshoot of a shelved film project, the pic plays like a bonus track to the Thai auteur's Palme d'Or winner, Uncle Boonmee.

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Fionnuala Halligan
Screen International

Its running time may make it more digestible than some of Weerasethakul's more ambitious pieces, although it straddles the line between full-feature and his short films and experimental work quite beautifully.

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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club

It's not painful to endure or anything (in part because it's so short), but to borrow the title of one of last year's celebrated Cannes premieres: This is not a film.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Indulges the writer-director's taste for near-catatonic pacing combined with supernatural comings and goings.

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Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

The ideas here were far more interestingly rehearsed in movies like Tropical Malady and his Palme-winning Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives. A diverting footnote to the main body of work, no more than that.

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