<i>Flower in the Pocket.</i> 2007. Malaysia. Directed by Liew Seng Tat
  • Flower in the Pocket

    2007. Malaysia. Liew Seng Tat. 97 min.

Saturday, May 9, 2009, 4:00 p.m.

  • Flower in the Pocket

    2007. Malaysia. Written and directed by Liew Seng Tat. With Wong Zi Jiang, Lim Ming Wei, and James Lee. Already roundly considered one of the finest movies to come out of Malaysia, Liew's debut is deceptively light: a puckish coming-of-age comedy about two young brothers and a neglectful father. Using long, naturalistic takes that recall the work of Iranian master Abbas Kiarostami, Liew captures the everyday lives of the young rovers on their own, flunking school, cooking dinner, and meeting friends (and a puppy). Yet Liew uses his wry observational style not only to offer a portrait of two mischievous kids, but also to ground his increasingly surreal touches in the dramatic context of an ever-evolving modern-day Malaysia. In Mandarin/Malay; English subtitles. 97 min.

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