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“GENTLE BUDDHIST REVERIES MAKE ME SO MAAAAAD!!!”

"GENTLE BUDDHIST REVERIES MAKE ME SO MAAAAAD!!!"

Well, apparently not everyone is hip to the forming cult of Apichatpong Weerasethakul.

Overheard immediately following a Saturday night IFC Center screening of Syndromes and a Century, a film made up of sweet tentative romances, lovely pop lullabye interludes, drifting clouds, swaying trees, a tranquil solar eclipse, and hushed, elegantly filmed long takes of modernist architecture:

Forty-something woman, to a quiet ticket-taker:
“That was awful. I mean AWFUL! I’ve never seen anything so horrible. What was it? What was it? Have people been complaining?”

Quiet ticket-taker:
“No. I think people probably go in expecting something a little weird.”

Woman:
“No, I need to talk to the manager. Horrible!”

DOWNSTAIRS, A FEW MOMENTS LATER, TO THE MANAGER:

Woman:
“I want my money back. That was bad. Just plain bad. And I watch art films. I come here all the time, and I know art films. But that was the worst movie I’ve ever seen. Just bad filmmaking. Just bad! Has no one else complained?”

Manager, exasperated:
“No.”

Woman:
“No one has complained? Well, they must be too shy!”

Manager:
“This is the first I’m hearing any complaints.”

Woman:
(voice rising)
“So you’re not going to give me my money back? It was bad. I mean, bad!”

Manager:
“We don’t do that.”

Woman:
“I can’t believe this. I come here all the time.”

Woman’s meek, bearded BF:
“It was…pretty bad.”

Manager:
“I’m sorry.” [leaves]

Angrily, the woman barrels out of the lobby, and charges down the mean streets of New York City on her way home, perhaps to stab a kitty cat or watch Bad Boys II.

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