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Thailand, 2007 (MIFF 2008, Neighbourhood Watch)

Director: Pen-ek Ratanaruang


Every relationship needs its fantasies; some are more real than others.

Arriving back in Thailand after a decade abroad, Wit and his wife Dang check in to a five-star hotel downtown. As Dang sleeps, a jet-lagged Wit retires to the hotel bar where he meets Ploy, a Lolita-like 19-year-old girl waiting for her mother. Wit extends a seemingly innocent invitation for Ploy to rest in his hotel room, but her presence - and the questions it raises - exposes a gaping hole in Wit and Dang's seven-year marriage. This dream-like feature from Pen-ek Ratanaruang (Invisible Waves, MIFF 06) explores the dark corners of a long-established relationship, as the repressed fears and desires of the trio percolate to the surface.

D/S Pen-ek Ratanaruang P Rewat Vorarat WS Fortissimo L English, Thai w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2007/103mins

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