Friday, April 14, 2017
A journey through a world where the boundaries of time and space do not exist.
A magical, melancholic ode to the intellectual's struggle against the forces of history.
It's a film, a rather gorgeous one, of glances and ephemera and delicate metaphors.
A browbeating interrogation of the constant and necessary deceits of the filmmaking apparatus.
In the beguiling, mysterious second feature by Thai director Anocha Suwichakornpong, the story of a young film director researching a project about the 1976 massacre of Thai student activists at Thamassat University is just the beginning of a shape-shifting work of fictions within fictions, featuring characters with multiple identities. Drifting across a dizzyingly wide expanse of space and time, By the Time It Gets Dark offers a series of narratives concerning love, longing, the power of cinema, and the vestiges of the past within the present. Asking quietly profound questions about the nature of memory—personal, political, and cinematic—this self-reflexive yet deeply felt film keeps regenerating and unfolding in surprising ways. A KimStim release.