A bold chronicle of one man's journey through love, loss and resurrection over 24 hours in present day Thailand.
Written By: Alan King
Directed By: Alan King
Where to begin with "The Correspondent" is almost as tough as where to end with it. I'll be honest and write that the first few minutes, although not as bad as it's going to sound, didn't make me want to continue watching. I understood the premise, it's in the description... I just didn't immediately see the connection. Writer / director Alan King brings forward a very experimental short film, so experimental that a lot of people really will not enjoy it much. It consists of seemingly random images, a load of visual filters and more... seemingly random images. Almost more in-line with an artistic music video than a short film. But wait! Here's the thing, by the end I actually felt something. "The Correspondent", in all it's weirdness actually produced an emotional response. I'm not totally sure what kind of response... but I got one none-the-less. I could watch a dozen studio flicks and not feel anything! Yet here, in this strange world Alan King has taken me into I actually felt weird, and maybe even a little uneasy. It is this feat alone that pushes this film above the average mark.
Technically there really isn't much to write about this sort of film. I could go on and on about the random images and many visual distortions that are used... but what's the point? The premise behind an artistic, experimental film is just that. Artistic and experimental! There's really no point in rambling on about anything technical here. The same goes for audio and editing. Can't really say much because what's seen may mean something completely different to me than it does to you. The only thing safe to write is that you'll either love it or hate it.
There is a starting point and a clear ending to this film, it does wrap up. It's all the stuff in the middle that makes it really hard to follow. Without reading the description, a viewer may just shake their head and wonder what the hell just happened. Reading the description makes it a little easier... but it shouldn't be this way. Especially with titles of this nature, care should be given to completely explain what's happening. But damn! I still felt something by the end! I just don't know how or why... but that doesn't matter. An emotional response. People spend millions and millions trying to achieve that to any degree. The fact that "The Correspondent" manages to do-so, even if you don't quite know why is an amazing thing. If the goal of Mr. King was to make the viewer feel something... anything... he has done just that. I would be very curious to see what other viewers take away from this experience. With such a short run-time I challenge everyone (when it becomes available to view) to watch and write their thoughts. Anything that makes you feel something is really not a waste of time. Even if you can't quite follow along. Hell, maybe you'll see it in a different way than I did and follow completely. That's entertainment for ya.
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