Brian Thompson reviews “Pop Aye” for The Young Folks


“You don’t look like the type who’d be traveling with an elephant,” says a sympathetic stranger in the opening scene of Pop Aye (not to be confused with Robert Altman’s 1980 failed attempt to pay tribute to a beloved cartoon character). This astute observation serves to frame the atmosphere for the remainder of the film as a straight-laced fuddy-duddy is shown a glimpse of an unconventional realm, in a sort of Something Wild experience in which Melanie Griffith’s part is assumed by a former circus elephant. Singaporean writer-director Kirsten Tan’s debut feature takes its time, offering glimmers of eloquence rarely captured by first-time filmmakers.


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