Mattie Do, a Laotian director who became the first single female director from Laos with her movie Dearest Sister, returns with The Long Walk (real title Bor Mi Vanh Chark), her third movie. In her latest, written by Christopher Larsen, Do joins the genus together to create a subtle and influential story about the human condition.
The Long Walk Movie Review
The Long Walk tells the story of a middle-aged Laotian farmer (Yannawoutthi Chanthalungsy) who saw a fatal car accident near his home in rural Laos many years ago. After losing his mother in death, he spent countless years in the wrong environment, and he was left alone. He is left with only his remorse and the spirit of the deceased woman (Noutnapha Soydara) — walking on the road where he died — next to his.
Do’s movie is a carefully thought-out drama that combines the genre and hard-core analysis of the social and economic difficulties of rural Laos with the farmer’s complex past. It is not your ghost story as it has nothing to do with the fears that come with dealing with a ghost.
Instead, it uses a ghost story frame to explore ghosts that may be hiding in the human mind. As a woman behind the scenes, the expectation to bring a good movie is very high, and Do has already established himself as a bold and important artist whose vision will help create a solid foundation for Laotion cinema. With so much on his shoulders, Do also brings a movie full of vision and ambition.
The Long Walk is a love work captured on camera by cinematographer Matthew Macar. Deliberately traveled to achieve the best in the best aspects of the story. Such a story cannot be exploited or altered by conferences.
It is so deeply rooted in the cultural, culture that any choice to make it fun can diminish Do and Larsen’s intentions for the movie. The Long Walk is slow, asking its audience to rely on the journey as narrative and theme pieces enter the scene. Meanwhile, the co-stars are taking a heavy toll on the movie, drawing viewers with their multi-screen presence. In addition to the lead, the cast includes the beloved young Por Silatsa and the mysterious Chansamone Inoudom. Each of them brings an honest and true quality to the movie.
The separation of the stories told by the characters may be controversial for some, but there is a beauty that can be found in a subtle movie that does not try to impress its audience with a linear story that describes every character’s preferences and plot. The movie aims to incorporate the emotions of the central actor and the tragic events that book his life successfully. Do’s movie finds a strong balance with technology, science, supernatural powers, and spirituality.
Somehow, he finds an effective way to tell a story that reveals the complexity of the nature of the case and its relation to time. Additional information – of the fact that you are in Laos – is not simply thrown away randomly and aimlessly. It is necessary to provide a natural environment. Although they are not expanded, it does not make them less suitable to understand the outline Do is telling his story.
The Long Walk is a movie that requires patience from the audience as it progresses; there is a lot to digest. With stellar ensemble music and a challenging, emotionally driven story, this ghost story will enter the minds of viewers until Mattie Do wins the next guide.