A short film that follows a boy called Xeng as he struggles to overcome his experience of sleep paralysis.
Ntxhov does a good job of conveying what it’s like to experience tsog tsuam (sleep paralysis) and the deeper spiritual context behind it for the Hmong. This film may not make any sense to non-Hmong who have no concept of Hmong shaman culture, but for it’s Hmong audience, it is a poignant story. It brings me right back to my childhood growing up and overhearing the hushed adult whispers of evil spirits causing mischief. All the Hmong individuals I know have experienced sleep paralysis, as have I, though for me, it only happened three times during a time of awful spiritual duress. The Hmong have three souls within their body, and I’m convinced one of my souls, in my weakened state, had been taken. In the way of Hmong tradition, I changed my name so that the evil spirits would not be able to find me again, but I’ve never quite felt the same since tsog tsuam.
Anyway, there are some minor things I thought they could have done better with Ntxhov, such as with the ending. I liked the ending, but the sentimental song that cued in the last scene just didn’t fit with the mood of the entirety of the film. Too warm and fuzzy for a film that was mostly somber throughout. In any case, some elements of this short-film, including the ending reminds me of Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives.
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