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Distortion: Delightfully Disturbed
  By Sorradithep Supachanya / 17 May 2012
 

 

 

Thai New Wave director Nonzee Nimibutr returns to form with his latest film, Distortion, a psychological thriller that probes the depth and derangement of the disturbed minds.

With plenty of blood and gore, the film centers on a young criminal psychologist (Arthit Tangwiboonpanich) whose baffling serial killing case and a chance reencounter with a girl from his past (Arpa Pavilai) bring back the nightmares he has long suppressed and begin to blur the line between memories and reality.

Smart and riveting, the plot gradually reveals clues that eventually connect the characters in an explosive climatic conclusion. Careful cinematography helps maintain the suitably dark and tense atmosphere throughout the films runtime by distorting the images as if being viewed through curved glasses and reflective corners, and confining the protagonist into tight spaces, both real (such as in an elevator) and perceived (using objects on the screen to trap him). A haunting film score by veteran composer Chatchai Pongprapapan further adds to the films thrilling experience.

But the plot still remains far from flawless. Several elements lack full explanations; many are introduced but later simply disregarded. The young psychologists knuckle injury, hallucination, and hygiene obsession, for example, become forgotten loose ends. His investigating partner (Boonyisa Chantrarachai) winds up as an underused character despite a strong potential to be the psychologists salvation. And the narrated epilogue feels too forced and unnecessary for the audience to appreciate the films message.

But the most unforgiving fault is the cast. Comprising primarily new and inexperienced actors, the film is unable to fully convey its emotions to the audience. Many lines sound monotonously recited and scenes of emotional breakdowns remain unconvincing.

With his latest effort, Nonzee Nimibutr may not break new grounds like his earlier works Dang Bireleys and Young Gangsters (1997) or Nang Nak (1999) did. But this well crafted story and production (saved for the acting) reminds us how he has done it.

   

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