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Mekong Hotel

A relatively slight effort from Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives), this 2012 drama records a series of desultory conversations among guests at a posh waterfront hotel. In case you might be nodding off, periodic scenes show one of the guests, traveling with her grown daughter, to be a vampire who pigs out on bloody human viscera in her room and has the power to inhabit the bodies of others. Weerasethakul's films have been hailed for their hypnotic mix of natural splendor and supernatural mythology, though this one is a bit lumpy by his standards. He opens with a scene of himself interviewing a friend who plays Spanish guitar, and the pensive music serves as auditory wallpaper for the rest of the movie, in contrast to the spectral hush found in some of Weerasethakul's other work. In Thai with subtitles.

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