Vanishing Point

Jakrawal Nilthamrong

A serious film about serious, complex issues (including a dramatic car crash), presented in a light, playful way. The film follows two very different men, each of whom changes his life in his own way. This doesn’t seem to be a direct result of the choices they make. Change can be like that.

Vanishing Point is an exercise in self-examination, even if Thai director Jakrawal Nilthamrong doesn’t appear directly in the film. It opens with images of a car crash involving Nilthamrong’s parents. Disturbing original news photos are initially used, but the director quickly switches to a fictional reconstruction at the scene of a crime, deep in a wood. We don't yet know how this shocking crime is related to the car accident. Various facts and stories are cautiously presented; the pieces of the puzzle don’t fall into place straight away.
Vanishing Point follows a young reporter who attends the reconstruction without being particularly impressed. He is against injustice, but is unable to give concrete expression to this feeling. Another storyline involves motel owner Yai, a joyless voyeur with little feeling for his family. His attempts to escape his day-to-day existence don’t really help.
The film is not sombre, however. Nilthamrong makes good use of diverting elements such as karaoke videos and popular music to develop his themes with a light touch. The question of how his parents’ accident has affected his life is a serious sidelight: how all of our actions affect the rest of our lives.
Winner Tiger Award 2015

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Filmmaker
Jakrawal Nilthamrong
Premiere
World premiere
Country
Thailand
Year
2015
Medium
DCP
Length
100
Language
Thai
Producer
Chatchai Chaiyon, Phuttiphong Aroonpheng
Production Company
Mit Out Sound Films
Sales
Diversion
Writer
Jakrawal Nilthamrong
Cinematography
Phuttiphong Aroonpheng
Editor
Jakrawal Nilthamrong
Cast
Yanee Kongnakhu, Ongart Cheamcharoenpornkul, Ongart Cheamcharoenpornkul
Website
http://www.facebook.com/vanishingpointfilm