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A Pickled Sunday – Rupert James

A Pickled Sunday (2008)
The music video for Katsue’s debut single, A Pickled Sunday, starring Montonn Jira and Joni Anwar.

In this tale of a disaffected salaryman, the shadow of a mundane Monday signals the death nell for the hedonism of the weekend past and throws darkness over a lazy Sunday with increasing intensity – casting the protagonist into the bleakness of the mind-numbing, number-crunching 9-to-5 environment of his office, seemingly indefinitely.

Devoid of dialogue and set to a poignant, high-tempo, staccato track that contrasts with passages of long, slow (often static) takes, the growing vexation of the white-collar worker is gently (and sometimes humorously) underscored as he manoeuvres through the desaturated, ostensibly magic-realist world of drab office paraphernalia and brightly dressed jobsworths towards a surprising revelation of tragic irony – proving A Pickled Sunday is as much a critique of the soulless corporation as it is an exploration of a dispirited young man and his outright rejection of the banal.

Author: MarBelle

MarBelle has a strange compulsion to watch as many films as he can get his hands on and find jobs that give him a legitimate excuse to drill filmmakers about their work. Directors Notes is the latest incarnation of this disorder and so much cheaper than film school. Twitter: @MarBelle


One comment for “A Pickled Sunday – Rupert James”

  1. […] been a while since Rupert James joined us with his discombobulated salary man of A Pickled Sunday, but boy has he got serious since then. Through his production company The Human Eye Wry […]

    Posted by Mourning Glory | Directors Notes | June 11, 2010, 2:15 am

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