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In the universe of Thai romantic comedy, Rak Ngo Ngo (literally "stupid love", although the official English title is Love Syndrome) is one of the brighter stars _ not the brightest, mind you, but bright enough to deliver the required dose of laughter and, perhaps, cause the sentimental to squeeze out a few tears. Penned by a team of talented young writers and directed by Pantham Thongsang, this is another progeny of the Love Actually-inspired family of loosely entangled tales of the heart (four in this film), criss-crossing many demographics and sexualities. But while Love Syndrome sticks to stock twists and choreographed romantic button-pushing (kneeling to propose, dramatic confessions via big songs), it does manage to rise above the formula at the right moment and also comes armed with a healthy supply of irony. 

Rak Ngo Ngo (Love Syndrome)

Starring Keerati Mahaprukpong, Pakin Kamwilaisak and Thitirat Rojsangrat. Directed by Pantham Thongsang. In Thai (with subtitles only at selected cinemas).

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