"Last Life in the Universe"
Directed by Pen-Ek Ratanaruang
Like Lost in Translation with a deadpan
Kaurismaki vibe, Pen-ek Ratanaruang's tender film explores themes of ennui
and isolation in a foreign land. Tadanobu Asano stars as Kenji, a Japanese
librarian living in Bangkok who has shut himself off from society. When a
chance encounter with a feisty bargirl (Sinitta Boonyasak) seduces him back
to life, Kenji must learn to reconcile the fleetingness of their connection.
Beautifully photographed by Christopher Doyle, the film "inhabits a
high-lonesome world unto itself, a bright daydream that dissipates in the
aching gap of a missed connection" (Jessica Winter, Village Voice).
Thai, Japanese, and English with English subtitles. 104