A new film from Thailand to test your patience – and maybe your soul
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A young man leaves Bangkok and returns to his rural home. His story is echoed by documentary interviews with the filmmaker’s own family. In April the Following Year, There Was a Fire is a slow, dreamy, tangential film – which will frustrate many to tears. Thai director Wichanon Somumjarn is mostly interested in loosely connected, oddly emotional moments: a woman singing karaoke alone; a horse groomed in silence; a radio playing in an empty room.
When most movies hold your hand through every moment, it’s invigorating to plunge into one with no map, no compass, and no idea. Besides, we called a movie about cowboys and aliens Cowboys and Aliens. Let’s appreciate In April’s title as pure poetry – like the film itself.