Happy Old Year (ฮาวทูทิ้ง) (2019)

dir. Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit. Beautiful heartbreaking story about throwing things out, and moving on. Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying (star of BAD GENIUS (ฉลาดเกมส์โกง) (2017)) is breathtakingly perfect for this. The way the Nawapol’s camera lingers on her face, showing her boredom, irritation, sadness, introspection is perfect. Her mother character played by Apasiri Nitibhon, is low-key the heart of the movie — she steals every scene she is in. I would love a prequel about her character, or a sequel about how she lives after the events of this movie. In plot terms, it’s a small family drama, but it’s very moving, when you allow the minimalist style to wash over you and pay attention to the intricate performances. The music is understated and charming. The art direction (helped by the luxurious music), evokes Studio Ghibli levels of charming detail, and the memory of space. Gaston Bachelard would love this movie. Watch out for cameo by Bangkok City City Gallery co-founder Akapol “Op” Sudasna!

By Nicholas Hudson-Ellis

Co-Founder & Film Programs Manager of Bangkok Screening Room.

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