Thursday, August 24, 2006

edinburgh film festival 8/23

World Animation 1
90 min


Petchtai Wongkamlao, Anuch Wongsawan


In the mood for love?

Bati (Petchtai Wongamiao, star of action blockbuster Ong-Bak) is a Bangkok cab driver, whose only two passions are the radio soap operas and Thai pop ballads that accompany him on his lonely night shifts. A loner, seemingly born a generation too late, Bati has no cell phone, no TV, and no real friends. But one night he picks up Nuan, a hooker en route to a job, and something sparks his interest; soon he's driving her every night, and a chaste romance forms between these two very different characters. But can it last? Incorporating brief comic inserts (mimicking the hothouse style of 1960s Thai melodramas) with its prevailing air of romantic melancholy, this is something special: an achingly beautiful portrayal of love's capacity to surprise and, occasionally, to redeem.

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