Friday, April 3, 2009

A short film we made recently, commissioned by the government of Singapore.




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mUTe said...

Hey... Nice Video! hehe

Muhammad said...

:)

ZARA 札拉 [사랑해~] said...

That's so touching =)

Andrew said...

liking it. thanks for sharing

kamalariffin said...

yang ini memang power

YQ said...

Kak Min,

Another heart touching production. I have been away from Malaysia for the last 8 years and this makes me really home sick for my family. :(

hubbsnmoi said...

salam Yasmin,

Well done. It has evoked all sort of emotions out of me. It made me curious, laughing along, and yes, in the end i cried. the script was written beautifully too. well done sis.

p/s: hope i could catch it on the s'pore television.

Anonymous said...

Heartwrenching!

Effie N.

fadz said...

wahhhhh.. i remember Good will Hunting..

Virgonz said...

yeay im the first to gave comment..

hahahah the snoring part is very funny lol...!!

thanks Yasmin...

really love this...

btw im your big fan since SEPET..!!

and hey watched TALENTIME already.. thanks for discovered the new young talents..

Anip said...

when all the morons are foolishly talking about issues regarding racism, nowadays in Malaysia, as if they know exactly what they're saying, you came out with this heart-warming piece of art that doesn't require childish debates everywhere in medias to understand the beauty behind the subject of humanity, regardless their races. It is a truly moving piece. I'm so proud of you Yasmin Ahmad. Thank you so much.

abi said...

Brilliant! This is a simply superb Yasmin! Are our govt blind to recognize the talent we have to bring back Malaysia?

Well...Singapore obviously have better vision ha!

najwa said...

aww..
how sad..
great one by the way :)

tomloo said...

Wow. That was moving.

clem said...

that's what i like about your films and ads, yasmin. simple - yet packs a beautiful punch.

flabbychubby said...

this is AWSOME!! seriously...:))

benazirjb said...

beautiful..

chu said...

Imperfection beautifully presented! I love it.

Amir Muhammad said...

Go Jo!!

sopi said...

that was a good one. thumbs up! you have delivered again, "it is the imperfection that makes it perfect..." and guessed what Kak Min, you make my tears roll...

menuka03 said...

SO nice. =)

~*caryn*~ said...

very beautiful kak min. thank you.

Raffi said...

3 minutes. That's all it took me to really feel what everyone in that place was feeling. fantastic work kak yasmin. I love your screenplays :)

+Penthius+ said...

+That is so true...

Sudirwan said...

You are truly brilliant. Which government agency commissioned this short?

A.I.S.Y.I.T.E.R.U said...

Salam Yasmin...Congrats to all your films and all the work you'd done so far,esp to Talentime.just watch it last week and it really touch me like all your previous film.To show how much you influence my life, I even named my daughter ORKED.. (^_^)

wishing you all the best and may Allah bless you..

cik siti said...

It reminded me of my fav scene from the film Good Will Hunting :)
“Sean: My wife used to fart when she was nervous. She had all sorts of wonderful little idiosyncrasies. She used to fart in her sleep. I thought I’d share that with you. One night it was so loud it woke the dog up. She woke up and went ‘ah was that you?’ And I didn’t have the heart to tell her. Oh!
Will: She woke herself up?
Sean: Ah...! But Will, she’s been dead for 2 years, and that's the shit I remember: wonderful stuff you know? Little things like that. Those are the things I miss the most. The little idiosyncrasies that only I know about: that's what made her my wife. Oh she had the goods on me too, she knew all my little peccadilloes. People call these things imperfections, but there not. Ah, that's the good stuff."

lionel said...

simply touching. i like the part when the mother hoped that her children would find someone beautifully imperfect like her husband is to her. it is simply beautiful.

yasmin said...

cik siti, when i was 15, i was very close to my cousin julie who was then 17. we liked to sleep in the livng room, talking til dawn. she would always fall asleep first, and although she was literally anally retentive in her waking hours, she often farted loudly in her sleep. i never told her about it, for fear it might embarrass her. when i saw that scene from goodwill hunting all those years ago, it warmed my heart because it reminded me of kak julie with whom i'd lost contact completely. the last i heard, she had been through a divorce and was very unhappy. i miss her dearly and hope she's okay, wherever she may be.

yasmin said...

oh, and by the way, that IS almost exactly how my husband's snoring sounds like.

La Naiich Zhou said...

*thumbs up!!*

kruel74 said...

Kukhatas always know how to made people laugh and cry at the same time...good choice

azrul said...

i cried.

Anonymous said...

Hi Yasmin

...have you seen 'good will hunting'?...i think the speech that the indian lady made - is almost similar in one of the scenes in 'good will hunting' - where robbie williams was talking about his late wife to matt damon...also pasal kentut - then both of them gelak bagai nak rak....;o)

MM

YTSL said...

Syabas and kudos, Yasmin, you've done it again. Made me laugh but also tear up and touched my heart, that is.

So glad I got to meet and talk to you in Hong Kong. And also take in a screening of "Talentime". :)

NH Rawlins Una A said...

A very heart-touching production. As expected from our dearest Kak Yasmin...Congrats!

Thomas said...

What a poignant film, and there's such truth in what she said.

Beautifully imperfect.

I will remember these words for life.

Thanks Yasmin. You have always been an inspiration.

veii said...

Qing Ming greetings from your fan!

I wrote a Qing Ming story today.. not quite as good as yours, but maybe you might have a read..

http://mucho-suerte.livejournal.com/306238.html

Anonymous said...

Dear kak yasmin, that was achingly beautiful (just like departures :) thank you for making such a thoughtful and moving film for Singapore. May God Bless. Best, Julinda

a z r e e n a said...

kak min, sorry i took the movie as a sorta reference on my blog. a post inspired by your short film. thank you for sharing it.

i will not take forgranted of things i have.

you're awesome!

spchu said...

I hope this get shown in Malaysian tv too cos it applies to ppl from all walks of life....

Kudos Yasmin, you tug at my heart string yet again...

YobSumO said...

really great n so touching... i always complaining bout my father snoring. he snored exactly like what the Indian women did... but yes, if Allah take my father's life in the future, i'll miss that for sure...
yeah it's really touching... thank u yasmin, u make me appreciate something that i wouldn't before...

UnwantedKie said...

I watched it twice and i cried twice~ Wonderful film!

faiztaufik said...

waaa..singaporeans are so lucky..i hope msian could see this on tv..

good job yasmin ahmad!! alhamdulillah!

hamzah said...

Salam kak yasmin..sometimes I do wonder"why god created you so special"you've touched people's soul soooooooo deeply..may god bless you and all those around you always...

Anonymous said...

This is the best tvc yasmin have ever done since Tan Hong Ming.

Brilliant.

Barbara Hegarty Webster
London.

Omecool20 said...

Ya la .. reminded me of Good Will Hunting ;-) Kak Min applied it to family.

Zamir Hady said...

Salam,
Aunty Yasmin, that is so beautiful. Touching sangat.
One thing that bothering me is,
Bila Chinese kahwin dengan Indian, anak diorang Chindian kan? Yang Chindian pulak, muka macam Melayu. I have lots of Chindian friend, all off them look like Malay. :) What do u guys think?

yasmin said...

i think kentut dalam tidur existed before good will hunting was released kot. my first experience of it was my cousin kak julia. i was 15 and she was 17 then.

yasmin said...

salaam, zamir. i have observed the very same thing too! i think that says something about the roots of the malay race. i believe we are an "impure" race that speaks an "impure" language. we cannot even say the term "bahasa ibunda" without using the sanskrit/urdu word "bahasa". hehe!

but this is not a bad thing. scientifically speaking, it's better to mix the races around -- you produce better children. otherwise we'd all end up being in-bred. and you know what they say about in-bred children -- not so lawa and not so pandai.

so three cheers to impurity!

lestermichael said...

A very very powerful and moving clip. You did a sterling job Yasmin.

Anonymous said...

but not all impurities are lawa and pandai la... its very stereotypical to say that impurities are lawa and pandai. haha

Zamir Hady said...

Cheers!
yes aunty! Agree! Now I know why I'm so good looking and pandai! Haha! *Joking* My dad campuran Jawa + Arab and my mum plak Pakistani. Haha. My friends call me BANGLA jual carpet, but I'm happy the way I am.

I dok buat gila kat my mum nak cari girlfriend orang putih! My mum cakap "JANGAN DOK BUAT GATAI! P CARI DUIT DULU! ADA RUMAH AND KRETA BARU CARI GIRLFRIEND!" Haha!

Lots of love,
ZAMiR =)

Joy said...

Salam kak Yasmin.
as a student in broadcast journalism, this video is greatly done I must say!
The storyline is wonderful! Instead showing the widow is sad, she's actually calm n even making jokes.

lain dari yang lain ;)

scenenseen said...

it never fails to move me watching it over and over again

Anonymous said...

Hi Yasmin

...ok la...i have to confess...i have been awaken from my sleep by my own kentut for several times...sometimes the kentut would be so loud, but it felt good after that...oh my god, cannot believe i am telling you this....but yeah, it's a good video though as opposed to the video [donno who did that] with the fat lady in the lift and everyone thought she was the one who kentut - just because she was fat.

...i just found out that the converstation in good will hunting about the kentut was a famous 'fart joke'made up by robbie williams. but the 'fart joke' was ad-lib even the cameraman laughed while shooting good will hunting - the camera was shaken and the focus went blurred in that particular scene.

ps don't get me wrong Yasmin, it's not about who did it first - i love your videos/films and always look forward to any of them. that little things people call 'imperfections' always hit me as well ... the way people laugh and the sound they make when laughing - some people find them very annoying and make fun of it. but i remember some of the most beautiful people in my life through their laugh and these 'imperfections', as some may call it, stay with me till today.

MM

ikanbilis said...

just heartful. =)


you never failed to make anyone smile. thank you.

bambi said...

love the snore ! brave actor ! brave film !
Love
Gitanjali

~the love of me~ said...

kak min,

i love the message of the movie, it shows how "perfect" is not everything in life. i really love your "artworks". I've watched all your film except muallaf.. i wish i could watch it. i cant go to singapore. so is there any other way for Malaysian and especially your movie lover wants to watch that movie??

ain said...

i took picture with u today in kuching.. =) pleasure to meet u..u r such a beautiful god's creation.. =)

juzblue said...

Wow. It's such a short video, yet it manages to make people laugh, make them cry, and make them think about what is important in life. Very cool. And beautiful.

orangrawa said...

Kak Yasmin....touching giler. Simple but mendalam maknanya!

Muhammad said...

salam kak yasmin

ini buat me teringat pada hari , atok ( nenek sebelah ibu ) mahu di kebumikan .

pakcik sedara saya seharian buat lawak n jenaka. kami adik beradik ketawa ( tapi tidak lah kuat sehingga sekampung dengar ). kami tahu dialah yang paling sedih , sebab dalam 8 orang adik beradik emak, dia antara paling rapat dengan arwah. tapi dia pintar sembunyikan kesedihan itu dengan humornya.

tiada tangisan
tiada air mata

malah me n abang sempat bergurau tentang minyak angin yang arwah atuk selalu pakai.

tanya abang

" ini bau apa ??? - sambil menghulurkan tanganya yang ada kesan minyak.

" bau atuk " - pantas me menjawab , sebab bau itu cukup sinonim dengan atuk semasa hayatnya.

sejak dari hari itu , me tahu gimana mau deal dengan hari-hari mendung itu.

jika mau menangis - nangislah dalam hati.
tapi jangan lupa , kegembiraan yang pernah di kongsi bersama mereka yang telah pergi itu.

owh , saya tenang bila mengenang arwah atuk. perhubungan kami mmg satu jenaka. bagaimana me mahu sedih , bila lihat ada parut di dahi akibat nakal masa kecil.
( sebab tergolek jatuh di tangga rumah beliau )

:) kematian itu indah ..bukan

geNe said...

omg. dis is so beautiful. i'll embed a copy of the vid on my blog.

Captain Karat said...

kak min,

again you have made me tear up.

loved it x 17 times over

kubhaer

weird-taste said...

it made me cry.
we should all be so lucky.
thank you for that :)

Al-Majnun said...

kak yasmin,

i wonder how your brain and heart are wired, such that you are so deeply inspired each time you come up with a film. and that inspiration comes so sincerely and truthfully that it can just reach out into another person's heart, and make a grown man weep tears.

nizar kagum sekali. syabas.
dan moga niat kak yasmin yang telus dan murni sentiasa menghasilkan karya yang menyentuh naluri insan-insan yang pasti menghargainya.

farah said...

Beautiful.

Bless you, K.Min.

kamal said...

salam love

Other than the perfection that is Kuthakas, I actually love to watch the faces of the mourners. You know, when you remembered something funny about the deceased and you want to laugh, but then you realize that you are attending his/her funeral, so your face stuck in between smiling and crying...

This is maybe a part of my imagination, but I see various shades of blue and brown in the clip. Is it coincidence?

I don't snore in my sleep, but I fart like a motherfucker.

Diana said...

wow.

luckily, i had some tissues on standby.

crux said...

salam,

remember the first time i introduced myself to u?saying that i am incapable of coming to tears? silently, i have been thinking and fearing that that is not human of me.even when my dearest grandma died, i was not even shaken.

but during talentime screening, that so many months ago, i almost, ALMOST shed it. and i laughed it off, making light of it by saying "kak min jahat aa...almost made me cry..." and laugh it off.

this one...i have to say...im a human again...

p/s: i loveeeeeeee to fart!!!!any where!!!hahaha....pull my finger and hear the thunder!!

u got back already?

yasmin said...

salaam, rej. yes, i got back from kuching today, but i'll be flying to japan tomorrow, inshaallah.

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Ilyah.... said...

Nice....

Angela, LiYeong, Teo said...

It made me cry.. again and again...
Family is the best thing that ever happened to me!
Video, short yet profound!

jayjaafa said...

ikalan yang touching ...

claudia said...

a true inspiration. thanks for this wonder piece. hope this will wake up the lost soul who're still breathing yet denying the importance of family.

cerebrator said...

Hey Yasmin, thank you for making this film. I am glad MCYS approached you and I hope to see more of your works in Singapore for many more years to come, Insya Allah!

Wassalam!

m3d said...

that was so beautiful Kak Yasmin...
oh,n by the way,i just watched Talentime again last saturday...at Alamanda Putrajaya..showtime at 8.35pm and the seat is almost full...only 2,3 seats left empty..that's all..

hehehe..^^,



-med.

Anonymous said...

i finally saw this on TCS5 today in Singapore. was clueless when i saw it but midway, it has "yasmin ahmad" all over it. so while it was showing, i logged in and check your blog and true enough, it is yours :)

it reminded me of how my partner got worried whenever i didnt snore and vice-versa :) LOL!

very touching and heart-tugging!
well done!

:)
elly.e

Anonymous said...

watched it twice..made me cry both times....BEAUTIFULLY DONE!! reminds me of the touching petronas ads you did.... you are exceptionally talented...:)

m3d said...

Kak Yasmin,is the girl in purple is the same girl from Talentime?
She's so lovely...
Mrs.Lee is a very outstanding actress..i love the way she tells the story about the late David..

naQiah said...

wow...beautiful, meaningful and it touches everyone heart...


Congrats yasmin

Anonymous said...

Hi Sis Yasmin!

I Love ur works...when I saw it on Channel 5 just last nite..I had a strong feeling that it has got to be yours...the script & cinematography! Reminds me to appreciate my hub's snoring & his "silent killer"...and how I'm already missing it when he's on nite shifts (not so much of the silent killer though!) =) My fren said she teared towards the end of the ad. I'm sure this one gonna be nominated for one of the best ads & I hope it'll win just like the previous one did. Congrats Sis Yasmin!

kamal said...

I miss TCS5!

BuMbLe BooGiE said...

hello there...
hm...we met this morning. maybe you dont remember me me but i will surely remember u, one of my idols.
your films have been very inspirational for me and few of my friends. i can say that we're one of you biggest fan.
we had a little chat this morning at LCCT where i asked you when will Muallaf be on screen. it's been a GREAT pleasure to meet GREAT individual like you.
about TALENTIME, i think it's superb. the story of the malay boy and his mother is of my story too. EXTREMELY touching. wishing you luck for your future. i guess the journey for success is an uphill climb right.

k said...

thinkfamily is a great positive venture, and you being part of the creative team is the key to its success.

this video, is just as brilliant as all your videos, and you love seeing us tear, out of happiness, realization and at times, a sadness induced by the reality you potray in films.

you're a genius and i adore your ventures.

:)

Linus Linnaeus said...

Thank you ma...for yet another prayer that I hope all of us will heed.

It's on my blog too.

I have seen talentime 3 times.bought tickets.please do continue to pray for us

Linus

yasmin said...

hi, bumbleboogie! yes, i remember you! :-)

Moose said...

Hi Yasmin,
Kudos to you for making me cry while watching this. Keep up the good work!

Kamy said...

[crying...] reminds me of my father. It has been 2 years 3months and 6 days now since the day he passed away on Sunday 10, Dec 2006. May he rest in peace.

Anonymous said...

assalamu'alaikum kaq yasmin...
hm...sy ni peminat "syafie naswip", boleh sy dptkn email/alamat frienster/alamat blog die.....or...ape2 yg membolehkan saya untuk berhubung dgn die sebab sy betul2 nk berkenalan dgn die...
:)plz yer!!
erm...kaq yasmin bleh reply msg ni kat email saya.."fatinnabilayaacob@yahoo.com"

Hak!M said...

I saw people teared in the bus this morning, watching this short film. And in my heart i was saying, "siapa punya kerjaaaa lahhh ni sampai buat org menangis tgk cerita dia dalam bus pagi-pagi buta".

HAHAHA. now, i got the answer to the question.

Congratulations Kak Yas, on getting the message acrossed, sweet and meaningful!

yasmin said...

hak!m, were you on a bus in singapore? and who were the other people on the bus? students or professionals?

wardah said...

The very first commercial that touched me,and reduced me to tears.Just,fantastic...

Anonymous said...

simply wonderful...very heartful and it touched my heart..splendid ad...job well done =)

Dee said...

Hello Kak Yasmin,

You did a really great job with this ad. The raw emotions you portrayed and the perspective you gave definitely kick all the other ads that i see on TV in the ass.

I do enjoy your movies and work and if you do happen to do worshops here in sg, i'll be sure to sit.

you rock lah...:P

kak odah said...

Awww..so touched!!.. really do.

Sidestreaker said...

I hate you Yasmin! You got me all teary again!

Simple and yet so effective. I love it! I'll know what to say to my wife next time i wake her up with my snoring!

God bless you!

Vince

Anonymous said...

Cik Min,
Bagai tak percaya begitu kuat "Roh" dalam Talentime!Tak sedar mata menangis dan tak malu untuk sama-sama menangis kerana segalanya berlaku tanpa paksaan...Sepanjang layar bercerita, terasa diri bagai sebahagian dari "talentime".Terima kasih atas sebuah cerita yang ikhlas...
Buih

SYAFIQ YUSOF said...

touching..

Eric N. said...

Hi Yasmin,

I am keen on becoming your stills photographer for your next production. Do contact me to see how we can work it out.

Cheers!

- Eric

Cartoon Lagoon ~ Fiona Chia Yeo said...

I cried the first time I saw it on Singapore TV with my family. Just had to write about it on my blog the next day. I mean, it's a Govt body sponsored ad for goodness sake! Me crying over an ad!

http://cartoonlagoon.blogspot.com/2009/04/mcys-funeral-tv-commercial.html

Learnt about your fantastic hand in this only when I googled for more info. Thanks for making me treasure my husband much more!

writer said...

dear Yasmin,
this is the most beautiful thing i've seen in a long time. lovely work. are there any more to come soon?

annjoeninna said...

Salam Yasmin, I heard many of my singaporeans friends cried when they aired this on tv... Love, love it....

lolabunny said...

yeap, i was watching this video and suddenly i was weeping.... gosh, u got me kak min...argghhh!!!

btw, it's a great little tribute to the loved ones...

Anonymous said...

beautifully done. the clip really pulled at my heartstrings. my father, also named David, passed away in January. I really miss him, flaws and all. ur a brilliant film maker. kudos.

bazz
new zealand

Mr Gray said...

Hi Yasmin! Am so glad that the Straits Times did the article on you (8 April), and found out that you did the other MCYS ad, "Family". Another superb emotional ad. I'm trying to catch up via YouTube, all your past Petronas ads, and I'm loving it so far! I hope that Raintree Pictures will jump in with the money for your new film. I mean, the MCYS ads and the Straits Times articles have reached out to more Singaporeans, I'm sure many of us (including myself) would be waiting eagerly for the movie. It's about time Raintree starts backing GOOD films rather than the same old populist slapstick rants that tries to pass itself off as satire.

Good luck!

sze said...

Hi Yasmin, I am a Malaysian who is currently a junior college teacher in Singapore.

Just to let you know, I used this short film with my civics class, after I asked all 28 of them to share what they couldn't stand about their family (they loved talking about that!). After viewing this film, the hyperactive 18-year-olds became really sombre and I peeked to see one of my boys actually tearing a little. We then talked about family and also the notion of perfection in their future life partners. I think they learnt some lessons today.

What can I say but THANK YOU! :)

Ehsan Ismail said...

Assalamualaikum Kak Yasmin,

How I wish you DIRECT my screenplay? I have one.

Wassalam.
Ehsan Ismail

ieda said...

alaaa knpe tak de kat local(malaysia) tv :(

Julian said...

This is such a beautiful piece. Its so true and strikes everyone in the heart because these are the things which most people can relate to. Its really beautiful

Congratulations.

Anonymous said...

do you have kids yasmin? just cuurious

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=)

Din said...

thank you yasmin for doing the commercial! U add a new dimension the commercial.. i got goosebumps watching it... we in singapore need creative people like u here! though if for me, I do wish I am able to work with you! insya-Allah!

Cynthia said...

watched it on tv for the first time just now, and was holding back tears. thank you for reminding me, the beauty of life and family

yasmin said...

"Your looks are laughable
Unphotographable
Yet youre my favourite work of art

Is your figure less than greek
Is your mouth a little weak
When you open it to speak
Are you smart?

But dont change a hair for me
Not if you care for me
Stay little valentine stay
Each day is valentines day"

- Rogers & Hart, 1937

.

ST said...

Hi Yasmin,

Not sure if you remember, but I was there when we had a sneak preview for your first Family video for MCYS.

Thank you for yet another great, great one.

Eng said...

Thanks Kak Min for sharing.
Good job to Jo K.

Snuze said...

Love this and have blogged it. Just so lovely. I love how lyrical the flow is, how many layers to peel back and all in three minutes time.

Sheer genius.

KECU said...

nowdays byk commercial dah tiru style U.. so apa pendapat U?.. adakah U terpk nak ubah style lain?..

Anonymous said...

I am not a professional critic, but would like to share my thoughts on this piece:

At 1.38 and 1.50, the pause is very touching.

An amazing job in finding the perfect cast, especially Mrs. Lee, the perfect music (which to me is also one of the vital factor in moving people's heart and to further accentuate her speech/message) and of course the story line.

How I felt at every part of her speech, are captured by the audience - the cringing feeling in stomach during the first part, the laughter towards the middle and of course the tears at the end...

Another great success Yasmin :)

Z said...

Hi Yasmin.

My bestfriend and I are waiting anxiously for Talentime to be screened in Singapore. Do you have the actual dates?

the Razzler said...

Kak Min...

When I first saw the video on Channel 5, I just knew that it's your masterpiece.. :)

Kat said...

Dear Kak Yasmin,

You have touched a lot of hearts with just a simple story. I cried watching it.

Thank you for bringing back feelings; simple feelings of deep appreciation for our loved ones.

Continue to do what you do because you're simply the best.


”Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.” -- Picasso.

Thank you again Kak Yasmin for such a wonderful short story.

Hak!M said...

Kak Yas,

Yes, im Singaporean. So i take the puclic bus almost everyday. hehe!

Well, at that point of time, mostly students and young social workers i would say, from different racial backgrounds. Everybody was moved by it, i bet. hehe!

“The family is one of nature's masterpieces.”
-George Santayana

AkuAyie said...

that was touching! All your movies make me cry! I loved it! =')

journey quest said...

its making me teared without my concern!!
what a nice n touching short film...u make me laugh then u make me cry....
superb!

yasmin said...

z, it should be about a month from now, inshaallah.

Louis Yap said...

hi kak yasmin,

going to review your movie talentime, which i loved. :) can i use the pictures on your blog?

please reply me on mine, thanks!

louisyap.blogspot.com

Louis

Anonymous said...

Hi there Kak Min,

Your work always..always evokes feelings deep within my soul.

First time I saw the clip, somehow it just grabs my attention and made me instantly want to listen & watch intently. Like what is going on here? What show is this? What's the Indian lady saying??

I still remmember that night very clearly. My husband and I were having dinner and as always, the little one was so busy trying to get us to pay her some attention. She went on and on about her bestfriend that had drop by our house earlier. My husband asked her to be quiet as he too was trying to listen to what the Indian lady was saying. And thus, our little angel got scolded for yakking as we tried hard to listen to what the Indian lady was saying. Our little angel started crying and I too was crying hard now as the clip drew to an end.

The husband & I were truly effected shortly afterwards. We stopped eating and hugged & kissed our angel and apologised for being so harsh. Needless to say the little one was extremely delighted at these two morons showering her with hugs & kisses and...continue yakking about her bestfriend..! We had a good hearty laugh at the end of it all.

Now, we are truly trying to be more patient with all of our imperfections ;)

At times when life is harsh on you, it doesn't mean that you have to be harsh on life. Embrace life, embrace your loved ones especially your family cause truly, they are the ones who will be there for you when you wake up...or not.

And yes, the husband snores a storm everynight :)

All the best to you Kak Min.

Your's truly,
Sarah

Razlan said...

Yasmin, this is the first time I see your work, and I am deeply impressed. Thank you for making such a gahmen message so provoking. I am a Malaysian working in Singapore too. So I am proud... and disturbed, in equal measure.

This ad prompted me to reflect on what I wish people would say in my funeral. A bit morbid, a bit thoughtful, and wonderful all the same.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your accurate depiction of a Singaporean-Indian woman.

Bravo!

Asha Edmund

Le-Anne said...

I love this! It's really awesome. (: Your movies are gems and are really thought provoking.


multitudes of thumbs ups!


Le-Anne Teo

Anonymous said...

Honestly, quite disappointed with this one, mak cik. The premise is good, but the clip was too long, the dialogue wasn't original (as many pointed out) & some of the camerawork also way too similar to your "Petronas 2009 CNY" ad from January.

Love your work though, especially the 1st MCYS effort ("Family").

Anonymous said...

Honestly, Anonymous, if you can't get past camera angles and the fact that Good Will Hunting also had someone farting, then you're missing out on the whole point of the story, and all the powerful emotions that the rest of us felt while watching this film.

pennyjane said...

i caught the ad on tv last night. i initially thot it was a movie.

kak min, it was one of the most beautiful n powerful ad i've ever seen. i cried too.

i hope i find my beautifully imperfect someone some day soon.

thanks, kak min.

Anonymous said...

Honestly, anonymouses.

the raihan said...

aunty min,
im a local university student, in Sintok, Kedah. i never missed watching ur films in the cinema with the same friends of mine, but sadly not for Talentime. in Jitra we do have something smaller thn GSC n TGV, so i planned on watching Talentime all alone. so i called the cinema 2 days ago (morning apr 8) n guess what, they said i missed it,n 7th apr was the last screening of it.

Ya Allah, sedih nya sangat-sangat-sangat sedih. i cried. i mean, it was a tradition to watch and support your movie in the cinema.i even begged tht person who was on the phone to hv a special screening for me (yes, i am tht dramatic, mind u).

so, jyeah. still i am sad sangat. n watching this ad too, btw makes things worst. i miss my family back in KL. hadoi..

take care. i always adore you..since the first day i saw u in Muhibbah seafood long time ago. hehe.

Jiann said...

I watched the video and it is really touching. You have brought out the very simple piece of life, which we experienced everyday. However, we didn't realize them only until we lost them. You have used a creative way to present the idea!

I have seen singaporeans discussing this video in newspaper, blogs and forums (I am a Malaysian working in Singapore). Now, the famous Mr. Brown has his own version. Well, I believe he made no offense to your works, but to show that this video does bring awareness from the local singaporeans.

Here is the link -

http://www.mrbrownshow.com/2009/04/10/the-mrbrown-show-funeral-too/

hani said...

beautiful, Kak Min

Anonymous said...

salam ,

Kak Min,

kawe respect kat mu , caramu present idea tentang kehidupan dengan membawa nilai Malaysia , terasa dekat jiwa kawe anak bangsa Malaysia ni , disaat struktur kehidupe Malaysia yang seperti hilang tujue , hasil dari mu mampu buat khalayak Malaysia macam kawe ni terisi.

thanks Kak Min

Alvin said...

awesome

chico said...

seriously, it's really good. simple and little imperfections make our lives beautiful in our very own ways...
we yearn too much of perfection and grumble too much everyday...but we never seem to realise imperfections make us all live stronger..

anan said...

Your video reminds me of my beloved mom Kak Min. Funny thing is until today I still miss her nagging attitude. Because her nagging indicates she still in good health and stil alive....but she passed away on 2002, and I really fealt lost...I missed her so much, in fact I missed the moment she nagged me about my untidy room, my homework, my bad attitude, when I'm not put on my school uniform properly,......and nobody will ever replace her (and her nagging)

Anonymous said...

> you're missing out on the whole point of the story

Precisely. The depiction made the clip too manipulate. Ms Yamin's a pro, so she should know the old adage about "Show, don't tell" in the creative arts. I have no problems with using voiceovers but, in her previous commercials, the message was just as powerful with the sound turned off. Now THAT'S brilliant narration. Go sample & you'll see the contrast.

aMAZy EVE said...

kak min...sedih video ni..my fiance bru jer kehilangan ayah..and dia pun miss the snoring sound from his late father...

ary said...

wwat's de latest updates for ur Talentime?..how audiences support...so eager to know ur next baby wasuranega....hahaha

SJ said...

sweet.

i love the muhibbah feeling while watching it.

yasmin said...

anonymous, the idea of "show, don't tell" may be an exciting new rule for you, but believe me, it's cinema 101.

the truth is, there ARE no rules. the purpose of creative arts is to emotionally engage. whatever works, works. and if it does, you can throw all rules out the window. renoir spoke about this at great length. go look it up.

emi riquelmi said...

hmm..awesome..but,i hope u will try to produce films in other perspectives..luaskan skop...pasti menarik...

lionel said...

hi.
wanna ask. is the soundtrack to Talentime out yet? i'm looking forward to the killer tracks for talentime. :)

yasmin said...

soundtrack should be out by this weekend, inshaallah.

Shawn said...

Hi Yasmin,

I really really liked the Funeral short film you made. It is so true, and I really glad that you have expressed it so well in film.

cHeRyl said...

Dear Yasmin,

To say that I was moved by your Funeral ad is an understatement. I love the simplicity of your philosophy, and the amount of heart and love you infused into that piece. I don't know if this is the best way to contact you, but I will be launching my first novel later this year, and was wondering if you would like to shoot an ad for it as well. The novel has many overtones of Rumi - it's a metaphysical fairytale for adults about living from the heart, in the tradition of The Little Prince and The Alchemist. Your style of filmmaking excites me greatly because I can see how well-suited my book is to your style. I'm looking for something short, powerful, simple and moving, something that connects immediately at the heart level.

I'm sure your schedule must be very tight, but I would be very pleased to send you a copy of my manuscript if you're interested. It would be a great honour and pleasure to work with you. My email address is indigoyogi@gmail.com

Do let me know if you would be keen to take a look, and once again, allow me to convey my sincere appreciation and admiration for your work. You have moved many souls...

Cheryl

Toon 权 said...

Gosh, i should know it is You who is the director of this Ad.
Awesome.

Anonymous said...

Lost for words.....thumbs up!!

yasmin said...

toon, talentime ost should be out in shops today!

lionel said...

yup! its out today. i just got my copy at klcc! yay!

ichigo said...

brilliant!

★ whoaamello ★ said...

I finally watched Talentime yesterday and I loved it through and through! Absolutely brilliant. BRAVO!

NeuWave said...

Hi Yasmin,

Was watching telly last night with my other half in bed. When the new TV spot for MCYS came out. Both of us looked at each other and said that TV spot has the Yasmin Ahmad "feel" to it. haha :) This morning I went to check out your blog. Lo and behold. I must say it is by far one of the best TV spot we've seen in Singapore telly. Thank you for making TV spots in Singapore have heart.

Best Regards

ru-shuen said...

Everytime i watch your films, I'm touched.
They inspired me, making me feels the need to be a better person.
And to appreciate what I have in my life.

dranoel rialcnis said...

Hi.. im leonard sinclair.. a student from SAE... i was wondering if u coukd come to my college n explain ur movies tous.. there are a lot of questions about them.. i hope u get this comment.. u can contact me by my email or my number which is 0179562767

andy gomes said...

mak,
dropping by to give you a kiss.
miss u alot.
*muax.

by the way, i have a pic of u, kahoe, martin luther king jr and a poster of talentime on my desk in school. there has been a lot of questions about it, posed by my teacher n friends. As far as it goes, i am having a good time telling them about your work=)

another thing, my cousin (whom once did an assignment on you at university malaya) is also a fan of yours. she also watched talentime lately and said...IT WAS PERFECT!!!! she also mentioned that she hopes you make at least another 50 films before choosing to retire...i hope so too.

well, take care mak.
God bless=)

zi ying said...

Hi, Kak Yasmin

I know may b it's too late to say these..
I've watched Talentime with my mum yesterday,it's really good, and touched my heart.
thanks for all the joy u've brought to us^^

Anonymous said...

jo kukhatas is absulutely brilliant and the old couple

Jumping Jane said...

ehhhh this was what my aunt was texting me about from temasek. :))

Anonymous said...

kak min
bila nak bukak fan club where i can buy all ur stuff...i nak sgt pakai baju 'i love yasmin ahmad', instead of 'i love new york'!
;o)
MM

Anonymous said...

After watching the TVC on TV5, I cried and I went to my parents, telling them how much I love them.

Thanks for making me realise how important my family is to me.

Anonymous said...

when is talentime coming out on DVD? I want to watch it so badly.
I just found out is going off screen this wednesday and I HAVE SCHOOL!

Zack said...

hi yasmin,

kudos......it's really beautiful....

::wonglokemeng:: said...

beautifully good :)

beacubes said...

I love the first family commercial that you have made for the government. This ads makes me think that we should not spent time thinking of finding the perfect match for life. I am currently showing,My name is Tan Hong Ming to my 8 year olds.I do hope they are inspired to produce a simple animation or video of the same theme. Wish you would drop by my school to inspire young kids too when you are in Singapore. Wish you would reply.

Mohd Roslee said...

amazing!

annahidayah said...

amazing!!! superb!!

this is masterpiece kak yasmin. i cried. touching sangat. i pon recommend kat my friends utk tengok.semua agree ngan i. superrbb!!

gerektua said...

mantooop

e ling said...

hi! saw this recently and it's a really great TVC!

may i just ask; who's the actress playing the wife of the deceased? thanks!

NoVince La Vintage said...

No wonder..
every time i watched this commercial @ ad, automatically i think of Yasmin art work..

& now it's proven that it made by Yasmin..

Wazir said...

Another masterpiece! even thou just a short movie ;)

Kris Law said...

I read the article on Utusan about Talentime's poor performance in cinema box-office. I don't think that's true at all! Could it be like some sympathy tactic used by journalist to attract more viewers to watch the film, reverse psychology ke? Reading from so many comments here, I think Talentime must be one of the highest-grossing local films this year! True or not, Pn Yasmin...

Banun Atina said...

Amazing work! What a masterpiece.
I'd love to be in one of your ads.
Now to hunt for any auditions for your upcoming stuff.

PiscesGal84 said...

Awwwww............so touching n sweet. Put me in tears

Visiting Again said...

Hi,

Have u ever done anything to them?

I'm frustrated.

NenekPenne said...

speechless.....

that was good...

AfiqLatip91 said...

Nice ad!
Good Work Kak Yasmin, Talentime was awesome!

ontahsapo said...

sedih giler, gua check last week punya show kat tgv klcc, semua show pukul 7 malam, cemana nak pegi, maghrib macam mana? lepas tu this week lansung takder dah show talentime ni.... apa dah jadi ni director....? sedih sedih....!!!!

cch831012 said...

Have to say I was really touch by this commercial. It was tearful in the fun. I also come through one of your comment about negarakuku. Between compassion and hatred. Lately I been bangkok for songkran. It was full of compassion, love and mercy from people there. Which never experience before while I was abroad. Surprisingly I'm a stranger to them. And yet it change my life seeing the lighter side of life and the true meaning of being happy. The things is are we really happy that we owned a big house branded stuff ? While most probably for all these people neglected their family and life and small little things which make them happy while gaining all these material.
About race. I would say everyone is the same. For example I been living with housemate for many years. Can't deny I prefer to stay with malay families or housemate rather than chinese which is my self too. But in malay people I see which have more compassion, love. Like one in line of your movie every malay is lazy. Well I guess once again everyone is the same. We will never understand until we're the people.
I'm currently working in Singapore. The Chinese people in here have so much hatred little compassion and love even for themselves. And eventually I lose my job because of complain from the customer.
While all these things is happening. The most important things i learn is compassion, love and mercy. Even the mean I may not be bangkok where I experience and learn these things. But I always remember always to have love, mercy and compassion in every crossroad in life, not only it feels good. But it lead you happy and contented life. Being happy in life can be very simple.

yasmin said...

alhamdulillah.

zaidharis said...

cuma,
dapat memeluk kesedihan,
didalam puisi.

thanks..

Arinna said...

Amazing!

Hafiy said...

Kasih sayang itu hidup. (: I thank you for this ma'am and for every works that you've done that touched my heart. I've learned loads about life from you. I learned to be a better person and see things in a better light.

Anonymous said...

owh my god finally i got a chance to see miss JO... great performance honey.. and min u did it again gal... love it. Yeah imperfections is honesty in life.

kak ina

YANI said...

I love this video, it's so touching & real, good job :)

*cosmic freak* said...

I'm sad. Because being a Malaysian, who knows how tightly we all are bonded with our families, regardless which race and religion we are in, but a typical Malaysian family are a very close-knit one, and to have a very commercialised money-driven country like Singapore to be able to fund this for you rather than Malaysia, its just heart-breaking.

Sorry, I'm not being judgemental. But what I see in this film is a Malaysian sentiment, culture, practiced by most of my dear friends here, which most of my foreign acquaintances find fascinating.

yasmin said...

apart from surface differences, singaporeans and malaysians are often alike, you know. i fact, they're more courteous and civil than some malaysians i know.

cch831012 said...

yeah it's true. I've been working in Singapore for more than 2 years. I met quite a few nice Singaporeans.

yasmin said...

me too. i've made 2 commercials in singapore now, and i've met many lovely people there.

cch831012 said...

And hopefully Talentime will be showing in Singapore. Miss it when I go back Ipoh last month and lastly the only yasmin's movie I can't find is Rabun.

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