Wonderful Town

Aditya Assarat

The sea looks deceptively calm in Takua Pa, a coastal area in the south of Thailand. The tsunami hit Takua Pa three years ago, but ever since it has remained out of season. The impressively photographed desolate village (camera: Umpornpol Yugala) is obviously one of the protagonists of the film.
The second protagonist arrives in the form of a young architect from Bangkok: Ton (Supphasit Kansen), the only one from his firm willing to shut himself up in the back of beyond for months to watch over a reconstruction project. He moves into a simple and almost deserted hotel. And very slowly, very hesitantly, he falls for the quiet, sensitive and intelligent owner of the hotel. She is Na (Anchalee Saisoontorn) and the third protagonist. That's all the film needed. In the refined treatment of these sad surroundings, something beautiful and fragile emerges.
Slowly, violence and drama also emerge in the film. For instance, Na's brother Wit (Dul Yaambunying) is too damaged to be able to accept that his sister may one day again be able to taste happiness. Something wakes up in the traumatised place, but all these powers are not particularly 'wonderful'. That these powers would be awoken could be heard in the beautiful music of Zai Kuning/Koichi Shimizu. Sweet is not their idiom. The film tells its moving story with a restrained self-assurance. Sparse dialogues and plenty of powerful images. (GjZ)


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Filmmaker
Aditya Assarat
Premiere
European premiere
Country
Thailand
Year
2007
Medium
35mm
Length
92’
Language
Thai
Producer
Soros Sukhum, Jetnipith Teerakulchanyut
Production Company
Pop Pictures Co. Ltd.
Sales
Memento Films International
Writer
Aditya Assarat
Cinematography
Umpornpol Yugala
Editor
Lee Chatametikool
Production Design
Karanyapas Khamsin
Sound Design
Akritchalerm Kalayanamitr
Music
Koichi Shimizu, Zai Kuning
Cast
Anchalee Saisoontorn, Supphasit Kansen