Mundane History (Anocha Suwichakornpong) Review


Though rather unassuming, Mundane History conveys this dreamy energy whose effects are felt for days to come. As the title commits, the narrative events are monotonous. Yet paired with a non-linear timeline, the blatant monotony becomes the driving force of reality and thus reveals the eternity held in single moments.

Charting how a single thought, or the birth of a thought, may draw a link with the infinite, Suwichakornpong consolidates notions between the micro and macro, the finite and infinite, and the inseparability among. Her psychedelic world holds meaning within and of itself; the death of a star is as meaningless as the birth of a child and the the birth of a child is as meaningful as the death of a star. All becomes one underneath this scape of life and all is relative.

The events depicted exist in a world of their own: the world of Ake and Pun and Ake’s father. What is mundane in one life is is of great consequence in another. As historical fact, the significance of a star’s life is made inert, but as a personal memory, the birth of a child is made significant. Loss of feeling, loss of passion, loss of limbs, lack of reciprocity; these events all contain an energy and life within them–proportion and relation are the evening forces.

We are all stars and all the stars are within us.

95/100 – Amazing.

5 Stars


About Kamran Ahmed

I have a Masters in Cinema Studies from the University of Toronto. I work as a freelance writer and film critic in Vancouver. My writing is primarily distributed through Next Projection, an online film journal based in Toronto.
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