Our screening on 21st August, Malaysian film “Flower in the Pocket” set a new record for the Film Club – the lowest score since we started scoring our films. It scored an average of 1.8 out of 5! Perhaps the difficulty was that the audience relied on sub titles and we missed the nuances of an Asian dialogue, but we found the story very slow-moving, irrelevant at times, and with an unsatisfactory conclusion. The acting, particularly by the two central characters of the young boys, was very good, but we really needed an explanation of the story to follow what was happening.
Still, as we have often said, the aim of the Club is to show films from all over the world, and not necessarily to show popular styles. Obviously not to most people’s taste, but still worth the effort of seeing a film from a different culture.