At a glance:
In director Azharr Rudin's own words, the word is symbiosis – the relationship between a people and the place they live in. Theme could hardly find a more claustrophobic settin than the now-demolished Bukit Chagar flats in Johore near the Causeway, where most of this offbeat art movie was shot. It was, I understand, the city's most famous eyesore, a low-cost housin development built in the 80s. In the brilliantly written production notes, you can read that it is within those narrow corridors and walls that the world of a boy and his father would grow too vast and vacuous when they are abandoned by the lady of the house.
Watch out for:
Brief cameo by Maya Karin. A few clever sequences too but special mention goes to non-pro Salehuddin Abu Bakar, particularly impressive in his small role as Lelaki Kurang Kemas.
Reminds me of:
Time Of The Wolf (2003), Tokyo Tower (2007) and Lilja 4-Ever (2002).
Amacam joker, berapa bintang lu mau kasi?
So damn contained. Like in Gaspar Noe's Irreversible (2002), there could scarcely be a better endin to Punggok for the purposes of deliverin the message that time destroys everythin. ★★★★
Trailer for the curious:
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