Atrio of girls hang out talking about boyfriends and sex as the camera restlessly roams around, home-movie style, in this provocatively titled but by no means titillating exercise in everyday intimacy. Helmer Thunksa Pansittivorakul (or "Poon," as he's known to his friends) favors a DV aesthetic that makes the average Dogma film look genteelly polished.

Atrio of girls hang out talking about boyfriends and sex as the camera restlessly roams around, home-movie style, in this provocatively titled but by no means titillating exercise in everyday intimacy. Helmer Thunksa Pansittivorakul (or “Poon,” as he’s known to his friends) favors a DV aesthetic that makes the average Dogma film look genteelly polished. Bilious monochromatic green or yellow sequences, poor resolution, uncomfortable, in-your-face focal lengths, ragged pans and zooms are far from random, though, and finally do exert a certain dubious charm, but pic seems unlikely to generate much overground interest.

“Voodoo” walks a fine line between home movie immediacy and experimental abstraction. There’s something rather disarming about the direct silliness of pubescent sexuality if it’s not blown up to Hollywoodian proportions. The girls pull guys’ pants down and gross each other out, suggestively jack off innocuous objects and indulge in endless double entendres, while cineaste Poon emits high-pitched nervous giggles from behind the lens. The fact that Poon is openly gay creates a certain complicity in the girls and causes them to act out more aggressively, revealing the vulnerability they seek to hide.

Voodoo Girls

Thailand

Production

Produced, directed by Thunksa Pansittivorakul.

Crew

Camera (color, DV), Pansittivorakul; editor, Mitree Seangprachatanaruk. Reviewed at New York Asian American Film Festival, June 27, 2003. Running time: 77 MIN.

With

Boonsri Sriboonrutanachai, Srikamon Ruttanalungkarn, Pornsilp Sakhakorn.
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