Yesterday I watched the rough cut of Mukhsin. It's a beautiful movie. I like this movie better than the rest of the Orkid Trilogy because she has shown her maturity as a film maker. She's very restrained this time around. There's a sense of simplicity in this movie that is endearing. In many scenes, she has given her fullest trust that her audiences are smart. I think that takes a lot of guts, especially in Malaysia, where writers like myself are often told to dumb down our works in fear that our readers/audience will not understand what we are trying to say (most often than not, this is true. But there are always people with proper brain functions out there lah).
This film was beautifully shot in the not so remote rural landscape of Kuala Selangor. This is a movie entirely shot in a kampong environment. This is unique, of course. When was the last time you watch a Malaysian movie where the scenes are entirely shot in a rural area without a single juxtaposition of the city?
The actors are great! Especially Mohd Syafie Naswib and Sharifah Aryana. They are wonderful to watch.
I finally got some inspiration on how to write my screenplay (Impian). Yasmin finally confirm something that I had always believed - that you can tell more stories using visual narration instead of using purely text. Malay telemovies/drama/films are laden with words and most of the time; the dialogues used are not even relevant to the story.
Mukhsin has a feel of a 'World Cinema' for whatever it meant. I think it would appeal to film buffs everywhere.