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THE BEAUTIFUL WASHING MACHINE
FIPRESCI Award Bangkok Intl Film Fest
"This is a film of multi-layered and subtly presented meanings, a film with magnificent black humor...rich in cinematic values" -FIPRESCI
"An absurdist allegory on the perils of secondhand ownership...contains Buñuelian flourishes aplenty" -Village Voice
"Sparely composed and quietly ironic...unsettling in tone" -Variety
In this critically-acclaimed, absurdist comedy from Malaysian New Wave filmmaker James Lee, the effects of alienation and consumerism in an increasingly mechanized modern world spiral out of control. Teoh (Loh Bak Lai), a working stiff, is forced to buy a second-hand washing machine, which quickly breaks down. After multiple calls to customer service, and through some surreal narrative logic, a young woman (or the embodiment of his temperamental washing machine) arrives and becomes his live-in maid, whom he exploits and rents out to demented strangers.
Directed by James Lee, Malaysia, 2004, DVD, 113 mins. In Mandarin and Cantonese with English subtitles.