IN TIME TO COME: a film that sets you thinking

IN TIME TO COME, an adventurous film produced by local director, Tan Pin Pin is showing exclusively at Filmgarde Bugis+ for a short run from Thursday to Sunday.

The film’s official write up goes like this,

“As enigmatic remnants of life from 25 years ago emerge – a bottle of water from the Singapore River, a copy of Yellow Pages, a phone charger – today’s selection of items are carefully primed for future generations to decode. Interwoven are carefully composed shots of moments we rarely think to preserve: the in-between minutes of daily life spent waiting for things to happen, shot in locales as diverse as the lush jungle to a residential district infused with haze.

This picture of Singapore is both lovely and startlingly strange, already slipping beyond the present its inhabitants struggle to hold in their hands. Like the time capsules in the film, this film itself is a vessel that transports us through past, present and future, a prism through which we glimpse alternate realities. The latest movie gifted by observer Tan Pin Pin takes its thematic DNA from her previous bold, intelligent work, but leads its audience into uncharted cinematic territory.”

A film that does not contain a single line of narration nor dialog but the lack of it sets your mind filling in the gap.Set with the backdrop of opening of a time capsule and the sealing of another, the film is sprayed with various scenes of Singapore everyday life which many would probably not pay notice to.

Quoting Lim Jia liang, a local chocolate maker who watched the premiere show on Tuesday, this film should be looked as wine, as its flavor ages with time. While it is considered a work of art now, it will be even much revered in decades to come especially if there is a departure from the way of life that we know today.

The undirected shots of ritualist happenings, coupled with the silence of the cinema and real-life sound quality of the film, allows the freedom for viewer’s eyes to wander as freely and immerse into the movie frames.

My deepest impression from the film is the presence of various foreign construction workers shown throughout the film. A large part of Singapore that we know today is constructed by these workers but by the time many time capsules are reopened after a couple of decades later, these individuals who slogged day and night will be hardly remembered nor recognised and back to their home country.

A film not for the casual movie-goer, but for those who seek mental stimulation over matters of everyday life.

To purchase the tickets, visit http://bit.ly/InTimeToComeSG