Syndromes and a Century (Sang sattawat) (d. Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
An impressionistic diary of his doctor parents\\\' courtship, director Apichatpong Weerasethakul\\\'s picture evolves in two parts (feminine/masculine?), with events repeated in each against opposing backdrops: natural/rural vs. industrial/urban. Its suggestion of autobiography (the parents\\\' memories are the stated structure, such as it is) tantalizes like the title of an Ezra Pound poem--an external prod just as, Weerasethakul suggests, all of our reactions to film are essentially personal and intrinsically separate from the film itself. That doesn\\\'t stop it from being oblique, however, as unconcerned with narrative sense as it is with texture. There\\\'s the thought in here that the past is Narcissus\\\' pool, a reflection of the dark present: we never seem to learn from the past, but dip too long and it ossifies any illusion of progress.