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SEX lies, and teddy bears

There's variety at the cinema with an erotic adaptation, a trip through the Beat years and a pot-smoking playmate who refuses to grow up

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The last time we saw Jan Dara and the Gothic fornication of his crazy father was not that long ago _ in 2001 to be precise, in Nonzee Nimibutr's humourless film adaptation of Usana Ploengtham's darkly satirical book. 

Jan Dara Starring Mario Maurer, Sakaraj Rirkthamrong, Bongkot Khongmalai, Savika Chaiyadej, Ratha Pho-ngarm. Directed by ML Bhandevanop Devakula. In Thai with English subtitles.

One of the most famous erotic Thai novels, The Story Of Jan Dara has been adapted for the cinema three times, with an increasing degree of bewilderment and naked flesh. The latest version, directed by ML Bhandevanop Devakula and released yesterday, adopts what we might term gaudy classicism, with fluttering curtains, angry thunderstorms, pink nipples, sex in a waterfall, sex by a water jar, sex in slow motion, group sex in slow motion, and bold political references that will provoke debate in the days to come.

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