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Chanthaly (2012) a ghost story from Laos directed by Mattie Do
Chanthaly (2012) a ghost story from Laos directed by Mattie Do

A Film from Laos directed by Mattie Do

Original Laos Title: CHANTHALY

director: Mattie Do
starring: Amphaiphum Phommapunya Douangmany Soliphanh Soukchinda Duangkhamchan

A sickly young woman named Chanthaly has visions of her dead mother, a suicide victim. But she does not know if the apparitions are caused by her medications or if her mother is attempting to reach out from beyond the grave. Although there are some horror elements, this stylistic film is more of a cultural drama that plays into the superstitions of the Lao people. It is the debut project for Mattie Do, co-written by her British husband Christopher Larsen.

This film is unlike other ghost stories of recent memory. It takes time to open doors and explore death in a unique way, with the spirits lingering rather than attacking. Director Mattie Do has created a stunning motion picture here, despite numerous strikes against her. She's a woman attempting to make a film in a man's world, in Laos where frankly very few movies are produced. And she is forced to deal with government rules which impose restrictions to the horror genre. The Marxist regime makes it nearly impossible to include any kind of "supernatural element as the central theme to a film." Yet, Mattie Do manages to rise above the difficulties and produce an extraordinary movie.

A Laos film with English subtitles; widescreen format,
uncut (98 min.), DVD encoded for ALL REGION NTSC, playable on any American machine.
Extras include selected trailers.

Sexual Situations/Violence/Suicide
For Mature Audiences

Sale Price: $17.50
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