Director Chookiat Sakveerakul has established himself as a specialist in depicting the thrill, the drama and the inevitable disquiet of adolescence. Some of his most memorable characters are young people who're growing up. Especially in The Love of Siam and in the touching first part of his previous work, Home, boys are crossing the threshold of childhood into something else as they still try to grasp its emotional meaning. It's hard being a kid, but it's harder leaving childhood, wading into the jungle of adult feelings, of adult consequences. When in good form, Chookiat has a natural knack for capturing and relating that shaky uncertainty.
Starring Panthadanaya Jan-ngern, Kittisak Pathomburana, Krisnaphum Pibulsongkram, Purim Ratanaruangwatana and Gybzy Wanida. Directed by Chookiat Sakveerakul. In Thai with English subtitles.
His latest, Grean Fiction (I propose an English title, Punk Fiction), is largely set in a high school in Chiang Mai and deals with a group of friends, with the focus on Tee (Panthadanaya Jan-ngern), possibly the most sensitive of the gang. His friends are all bright-looking and appropriately grean (the hip jargon meaning wild and in-your-face), and the three years of high-school is the fairground for their puppy romances, humiliations and youthful hopes. After he becomes a prime cause of embarrassment for his crush in front of the entire school, Tee is hurt, traumatised and a domestic complication with his sister (Gybzy Wanida) eventually drives the boy to run away from home.
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