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Once Upon a Time... This Morning

Kalla khrung nueng... muea chao nee

Directed by Bhandit Rittakol
Thailand, 1994


A middle-class couple are separating and the three kids are to stay with their bossy and resentful mother. Missing their beloved father, the kids run away to look for him – unaware that the baby’s carry-cot contains a bag of pure heroin hidden by a street-kid during a police raid.

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Once Upon a Time... This Morning Directed by Bhandit Rittakol

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  • Noli Manaig's rating of the film Once Upon a Time... This Morning

    For the purposes of a potboiler, this could be serviceable: a family unit put through the wringer. Not just melodrama though: Action ensues when syndicates come out of the woodwork. It's a Thai production, but, mutatis mutandis, it's as familiar as a Filipino one. What sets it apart is an equanimity that recomposes the pieces. Despite all, it coheres into ennobling themes. Not the least, the uses of enchantment.