Last Life in the Universe
This is a wonderful story, showcasing both the lovely direction of Thai director Pen-Ek Ratanaruang and the talented cinematography of Christopher Doyle, who is also known to work with Wong Kar-Wai on his films. The characters are both interesting, and their interactions with each other--the awkwardness of men-women relations coupled with language and culture barriers--are fun to watch. It was a unique treat for me, being a fan of both Thai and Japanese cultures.
At first glance I thought "The Limits of Control" to be in homage of Jean-Pierre Melville's "Le Samourai", but then it is also possibly a art house re-imagining of James Bond seen through a post modern lends. Still, in a more subt... At first glance I thought "The Limits of Control" to be in homage of Jean-Pierre Melville's "Le Samourai", but then it is also possibly a art house re-imagining of James Bond seen through a post modern lends. Still, in a more subtle way "The Limits of Control" might be a tripped out political journey nodding and winking to films like Michelangelo Antonioni's Zabriskie Point, but this time under the influence of a Bush administration hangover. Or is it a sly satire on Manga? Remote Viewing? Or all of the above? Whatever it is about, Jim Jarmusch did make sure to fill the screen with many of my favorite actors, including an irresistible Paz de la Huerta (as Nude), whose character seems to be drawn from Dorothy Parker's famous quote; "Men seldom make passes at girls who wear glasses." Oh, and the soundtrack is magnetic, featuring Carmen Linares, Boris, Sunn O))), The Black Angels, Ensemble Villa Musica, Michio Kurihara, LCD Soundsystem and Manuel el Sevillano.
This is Wong Kar-Wai, a man with a very distinct vision in his movies. I also love the music and the dresses she wears in this film.