Directed by Mattie Do
A young woman named Nok is sent to care for Ana, a blind relative who’s been having scary supernatural visitations. Nok tries her best to keep the ghosts from harming her “dearest sister”, until she realizes the spirits tell Ana winning lottery numbers that Nok can use to rise above her station. As Nok and Ana’s relationship changes, director Mattie Do quietly shifts the horror from ghouls to greed, capitalism and the class divide. Laos’ only horror director and female filmmaker vaults into the ranks of the world’s best new horror makers with her powerful second feature. A SHUDDER EXCLUSIVE Contains strong language, violence and gore.
A Laotian woman is sent to care for a blind cousin who's been having scary supernatural visitations.
Cast: Amphaiphun Phommapunya, Vilouna Phetmany, Tambet Tuisk
Seems to rely on some basic understanding of Laotian culture, which is something I don't have. After looking up what was going on, I found it pretty good as an interpersonal drama, but it's edited in such a consistently-jarring way that it felt like I was struggling just to keep the thread of what was happening. I had some real problems with the timeframe, too. At one point, a character mentioned that he'd been gone for a month, and all I could think was, "Really?" The struggle made the movie feel about a thousand years long, and I was a little relieved when it was over. Again, pretty good interpersonal drama, some excellent acting, and the concept was very, very strong. Worth a look if you're in the mood to work for it.
Well done. A good quiet atmosphere heightened the story. I was impressed.
You’re not supposed to profit from the lotto numbers the spirits tell you, you’re supposed to use the money for charity and alms. Even then, there’s no guarantee bad things won’t happen. Excellent movie. I was hoping Ana would’ve ended up alright. Nok got what she deserved.
Not impressed, mostly disappointed
This was a good movie. I used to practice Buddhism so I understood some of what was going on, but the nuance was hard to follow because I know nothing about Laotian culture. But, it was a good movie, it was a solid psychological horror and not so much “in your face” horror. It’s definitely worth a watch.