I gasped, because it was the first time I'd seen an aircraft carrier in a Thai movie. Actually, it was just a trailer, and to stick to the cardinal rule of criticism, we won't judge a book by its cover or a prime minister by her dress. No matter how tempting it is.
The three-minute 47 second-long trailer has been circulating online for a few days, generating excitement, raised eyebrows, qualms and foreboding, and not just because that brief glimpse reminded us of the aircraft carrier we almost forgot we had.
The film is called Peetubhumi, or Fatherland, set in the deep South. The main guy is a young, fit, presumably Buddhist soldier who falls in love with a slim, prettily made-up Muslim woman - first seen in a full-bodied black chador - while violence erupts around them.
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