Contemporary World Cinema
SIFF Says:“Have you heard about people being hidden by spirits? They will hide people they want to take. You will never find someone they hide until that person dies.” This is not your ordinary coming-of-age, puppy dog romance; this is THE BLUE HOUR, a strange and haunting ghost story with an LGBT twist, a muted color palette, and unrelenting sequences of dread punctuated by bursts of violence. Tam (Atthaphan Poonsawas) is a teenaged Thai boy, bullied at school and beaten at home for his perceived otherness, who meets a mysterious young man, Phum (Oabnithi Wiwattanawarang), on the internet, agreeing to meet up at a local abandoned pool for a steamy tryst. But after his strange new friend tells him of the spirits haunting the pool, Tam’s life slowly unravels—figures begin following him, corpses cry out from under the ravages of a garbage dump on land once owned by Phum’s family—until it’s unclear what is and isn’t real.
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