January 2, 2015 - The Sabah Society will be screening their first movie for the year this coming January 10. The movie in Season 7 is from Vietnam and called: The Vertical Ray of the Sun. Screen time is at 8.00pm.
THE VERTICAL RAY OF THE SUN opens like a lyrical Vietnamese version of Chekov's THREE SISTERS and slowly descends into an adulterous, polygamous, incestuous mess. The first hour is an exquisitely enchanting story that completely envelops the audience in its subtle mystique as director Tran Anh Hung ("The Scent of Green Papaya") makes Hanoi, Vietnam, look like paradise. However, as the plot unravels anyone with a moral perspective will realize that there is a lot of rotten fruit in paradise.
The film is an oblique, vaguely sorrowful study in domestic emotion, structured around the small eruptions of feeling -- tenderness, anger, and joy -- that punctuate the slow serenity of daily life.
''I wanted my film to feel like a caress,'' said Tran, the director. ''It had to have a gentle smile floating through it, a sort of floating feeling.''
So this is definitely not an action film - but very beautiful!
See you there - The Sabah Society, Damai Phase 4 - go up the stairs between Maple Restaurant and Funky Town. As usual, RM10 for one-night membership for those who aren't members and a donation from those who are.