Saturday, December 19, 2009

SSBD didn't stir me

The two stars of SSBD, David Kross and Apinya, alongwith director Detlev Buck on stage before tonight's screening
Tonight was the Cambodian premiere of the movie Same Same But Different, which would've been fine if it started on time, at 7pm, and we hadn't had to sit through nearly 90 minutes of pre-film twittering from director, producer, numerous cinema people and my cat before the picture started. It was a full house and I managed to watch about forty minutes of it before I had to leave for another appointment. I wasn't impressed at all with what I saw. A bagful of cliches including rocket launcher and cow, before backpacker meets hooker, girl has HIV and boy decides to stick by her. That just about sums it up and despite a lot being made of the German-meets-Cambodian connection, it won't make my 'must buy' list. Considering the film is shot entirely on location in Cambodia, the fact that the main actress is Thai is a bit of a kick in the teeth.
Prior to the screening, I popped into Le Lezard Bleu on St 240 to catch the Ancient Pagodas of Battambang painting exhibition before it closes at the end of the month. There's nearly 30 paintings by two artists, Long Kosal & Leurm Lorn, both out of the Phare Ponleu Selpak organization that is creating quite a buzz in Battambang and beyond for their artistic creativity. The paintings were damn good and sell for around $200 apiece.
The pagoda of Wat Kandal in Battambang province
One of the walls at Le Lezard Bleu with the paintings on display

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Andy, I find it funny how the title of the movie is same same but different and how your experience of the film is like basically the film title. lol

While I believe art is open, I think to capture the essence of a culture, it's best be done by the native people of that culture or at least one well-submerged in it.

I took a film class where they talked about how each racial group could only be presented accurately by the people from that particular racial group because of the subjectivity of one's own cultural and social view of the world.

December 20, 2009 at 4:42 AM  

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