Kenji is a quiet librarian who seems bent on suicide. That is, until he meets beautiful Noi, who begins to seduce him back to life. A poetic tale about the way fate can bring people together just as their worlds seem on the verge of falling apart.
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I was in love with this film from the first shot. It was one of those were I just knew, I just knew I was in for some superb cinema from the moment it begin, and I most certainly was not disappointed. Every shot was pure gold (Christopher Doyle is a master of cinematography, no doubt), and I adored Kenji and Noi so dearly, even if the ending left me a little brokenhearted.
ratanaruang and doyle collaborate to ooze atmosphere, dread, melancholy and the occasional comedic gesture to form a film so full of beauty and life it's impossible to explain with text. asano is flawless as always, and sinitta boonyasak is an offbeat and essential lead that does not exist to serve asano's needs, but has her own simultaneous development arc. one of the best films of the 00's.
A very calm and thoughtful work of art. The mix of strong plot along with performances full of character is so easy to relate to, yet at the same time so dreamlike in it's nature.
It will leave you thinking and savoring every little detail.