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Tiger Award Rotterdam Intl Film Fest
FIPRESCI Award Hong Kong Intl Film Fest
"An elegant combo of slow-burn romance and social realism" -Variety
"Mr. Assarat shelters this budding romance with surpassingly lovely filmmaking... an elegant, intuitive ease coupled with prodigious formal control... Wondrous, nevertheless, is Mr. Assarat's sustained command as he guides his material into darker waters" -New York Times
"[Assarat's] raw, poetic sensibility turns this posttraumatic parable into something both dreamy and oddly disturbing" -TimeOut Chicago
"Assarat wisely tackles his topic with an elegiac restraint" -Chicago Tribune
Recommended! -Chicago Reader
With an unerring feeling for lives on hold, director Aditya Assarat creates an atmosphere of guardedness, uneasiness, and mystery to highlight the story of two lonely people attempting a fragile emotional connection. The film's saturated colors reinforce the lifelessness of a location that suffered immensely during the tsunami three years ago. An architect from Bangkok pulls up to a motel in a near-ghost town of deserted streets and beaches. His obscured past finds symmetry in the repressed history of the girl he meets and pursues. Each is trying to discover how to give way and function in the present. This quiet narrative of suggestion and hushed emotions has an unexpected denouement that is as shocking as it is earned. (Film Society of the Lincoln Center)
Directed by Aditya Assarat, Thailand, 2007, 35mm, 92 mins. In Thai with English subtitles.