The death of their mother forces two sisters alienated from each other to make a two-day journey together. They leave in an ambulance from Bangkok to go to the birthplace of their mother in rural Thailand. One of the sisters had moved to Singapore to stay out of the way, the other armed herself with indifference. Seated in the back of the ambulance, beside the coffin with the dead body, they look back on what they shared, but also what drove them apart.
Tongpong Chantarangkul’s melancholy story about guilt and forgiveness gives space for the silence between two women who have to learn to speak again after years of non-communication. It becomes clear that they did not separate without reason and they have to learn to look that past in the eye.
Between them is the eternally silent mother. In the context of her funeral, Chantarangkul gives this road movie the character of a ritual - a ceremonial cleansing after which the women may be able to step over the shadows from the past.


Original title
Padang besar
Filmmaker
Tongpong Chantarangkul
Premiere
European première
Country
Thailand
Year
2011
Medium
35mm
Length
113’
Language
Thai
Producer
Thacksakorn Pradubpongsa
Production Company
Triton co. ltd.
Sales
Triton co. ltd.
Writer
Tongpong Chantarangkul, Pramett Chankrasae, Piyakara Bootprasert
Cinematography
Pramett Chankrasae
Editor
Adam Hussey
Production Design
Phairot Siriwath
Sound Design
Akritchalerm Kalayanamitr
Music
Buddhist Holiday
Cast
Apinya Sakuljaroensuk, Akumsiri Suwannasuk