October Sonata (รักที่รอคอย) (2009)

dir. Somkait Vituranich. A beautiful, sad, and beguiling Thai romance film, about a young seamstress/aspiring author and, her doomed love affair with an academic/political activist. Some interesting parallels to Warren Beatty’s REDS (1981). The production design is superb, and completely evocative of 1970s Bangkok. The attention to detail in the costumes, the cars, and the architecture are highly impressive. The two lead actors Ratchawin Wongviriya, as the luminous Sangchan, and Thanawat Wattanapoom as the rugged democracy activist Rawee, are both delightful and it’s painful to watch them pulled apart by circumstance, and by chance. It’s a bitter coincidence to watch this story of how the darker forces of Thai society impact the lives of ordinary people, on the same day that the streets of Bangkok once again witness a new generation forced to throw their bodies against the barricades, for love and freedom.

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