Malila: The Farewell Flower (2017)

Malila: The Farewell Flower.

"Have you ever hugged the dead?"

Wow I was not ready for this, Malila: The Farewell Flower follows Pitch and Shane, who once were lovers and are both followed by death with Shane having lost his daughter and Pitch being terminally ill. when Shane finds out that Pitch is dying he decides to become a monk.

And this unexpectedly becomes a cathartic next step for Shane and a way for him to say goodbye.

Malila: The Farewell Flower becomes a meditative piece about love, life, death and grief, and it uses the art of crafting Thai Bai Sri ornaments as a metaphor for that.

Chaiyapruek Chalermpornpanich's cinematography enhances the film's poetic tone and also maintains a balance with the grim realism. it's so textured, and naturalistic. the pictures do all the talking.

Malila: The Farewell Flower does a lot of existential reflection and there's some wonderful metaphors at work here but overall you get that the film is telling you that love transcends the body, and it continues on to the next life but it still lingers with those it impacted.

I was connected to the spirituality of it, there's a purity to it and that's thanks to how great the editing is and the gentleness of the score and cinematography that sorts of guides you through this meditation.

its a meditation, and a journey of healing. brilliant.