"The Beautiful Washing Machine"
Directed by James Lee
In this critically-acclaimed, absurdist comedy from
Malaysian New Wave filmmaker James Lee, the effects of alienation and
consumerism in an increasingly mechanized modern world spiral out of
control. Teoh (Loh Bak Lai), a working stiff, is forced to buy a second-hand
washing machine, which quickly breaks down. After multiple calls to customer
service, and through some surreal narrative logic, a young woman (or the
embodiment of his temperamental washing machine) arrives and becomes his
live-in maid, whom he exploits and rents out to demented strangers. "An
absurdist allegory on the perils of secondhand ownership...contains
Bunuelian flourishes aplenty" (David Ng, Village Voice). Mandarin and
Cantonese with English subtitles. 113 minutes.