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.
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