By the Time It Gets Dark


Contemporary World Cinema | 2016 | 105 minutes

Stranger Says:

A neophyte filmmaker interviews an older woman about a legendary Thai student uprising, which then somehow segues into digressions on the nature of performance, a brief how-to about tobacco harvesting, and lots of cool shots of mushrooms. It makes more sense when you’re watching it. Honest. There’s a lot to unpack, certainly, but writer/director Anocha Suwichakornpong’s WTF tone poem of a film casts a bewitching spell, even/especially as it periodically reinvents itself. Intriguing and severely beautiful throughout, even during those moments when it seems like logic has taken a flyer. (ANDREW WRIGHT)


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Film Credits
Anocha Suwichakornpong
Arak Amornsupasiri, Atchara Suwan, Visra Vichit-Vadakan, Inthira Charoenpura, Rassami Paoluengtong
SIFF 2017