France/Netherlands/Qatar/Thailand / 2016 / 105 mins.
Guided by Suwichakornpong’s associative rigour and her gift for crafting images of unusual beauty, By the Time it Gets Dark treats every moment as special. When the older woman asks why she’s been chosen as an interview subject, the filmmaker character answers that the woman is “living history”; the filmmaker, by contrast, feels herself to be quite ordinary. Yet one of the things that makes Suwichakornpong’s film so engrossing is how it takes seemingly ordinary moments of our lives and renders them as cinematic poetry.
Arak Amornsupasiri, Apinya Sakuljaroensuk, Achtara Suwan
TIFF, Locarno, ND/NF, Nouveau Cinema, VIFF