The Beautiful Washing Machine

Day 2 of the Mill Valley Film Festival: The Beautiful Washing Machine was, I’m told, the first feature-length film from Malaysia, made in 1998. It’s a slow-paced intentionally surreal picture slightly reminiscent of a David Lynch movie. There’s not quite as much going on as in a Lynch film, however. (That’s right; it’s even slower.) There’s a sense of circular or asynchronous time, plot and character relationships. From the four of us who saw it together, it received three thumbs down and one thumb up (mine), but even then only marginally. I was in the mood for something like this. Tim was bored and Carrie fell asleep.

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