French film explores weirdness of Pattaya

French film explores weirdness of Pattaya

(Source: Wikipedia)
(Source: Wikipedia)

Two friends go on tourist adventure to beachside resort in faraway Thailand & encounter strange, marvelous things France doesn't have.


French film explores weirdness of Pattaya

A whacky new French comedy film named Pattaya provides viewers with a taste of Thailand's weirder side.


Two underachiever friends embark on a tourist adventure to the beachside resort town of Pattaya in the faraway country of Thailand.

Lacking a good excuse for a vacation, the two friends enroll a blind devout Muslim dwarf from their neighborhood in the Thai kick boxing (Muay Thai) World Championship for dwarfs.

The new French film apparently features real Thai ladyboys, not fake ones or actors... or would it be actresses (Source: YouTube)

In Pattaya, the two friends join up with a expat friend from their neighbourhood in Paris who made his fortune in Pattaya and also a crazy kick-boxing teacher as well.

Fried insects, a cute human-like monkey and ping pong shows all seem to be 100% genuine.

Thailand's lovely ladyboys and the risk of mistaking them for a real woman provides the eager tourists with some thrills

Realistic dodging of motorcycles speeding on sidewalks. (Source: YouTube)

Perhaps best dubbed "the tourist promotion film that TAT dared not produce" (TAT is the government tourism promotion agency), the film follows in the footsteps of the Hollywood film Hangover II shot in Thailand (see here).

The film seems to differ from Hangover II in actually using real Pattaya people and locales extensively, rather than creating its own fictional world different from Thailand.

Walking Street scenes look real enough.


According to the US show business magazine Variety, the cast of the film is reportedly "almost entirely made up of minorities — many of the actors are French Arabs with North African origins" and "many of the gags relate to Islam; and one of the three protagonists is a devout Muslim who gets tricked by the other two into believing he will get to meet a religious leader while in Thailand — a quite daring narrative considering France is plagued by rising Islamophobia in the post-Nov. 13 attack era; lastly, the film includes loads of jokes about dwarfs."

The film's teaser (above) was released this week on YouTube with Thai subtitles and the planned release date in Thai theatres is in July.

The film Pattaya made a quick $14.4 million and had the second best opening for a French film this year.

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  • adventure: an unusual, exciting and possibly dangerous activity such as a journey or experience, or the excitement produced by such an activity - การผจญภัย
  • agency (noun): a government department that provides a particular service - หน่วยงานราชการ
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  • cute: pretty and attractive - น่ารัก
  • dare: to be brave enough to do something - กล้า
  • devout (adj.): believing strongly in a particular religion and obeying its laws and practices - ซึ่งมีใจศรัทธา, จริงใจ
  • dodge: to avoid someone, especially someone who is trying to stop you - หลบหลีก
  • dubbed: called; given a name - ถูกเรียก ตั้งฉายา
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  • genuine: real; honest - แท้
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  • Islamophobia: fear of Islam -
  • lack (verb): to not have something - ขาด
  • loads of: many -
  • locale: the place where something happens - สถานที่
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  • plagued: caused a lot of problems for someone or something for a long period of time - ทำให้ยุ่งยาก ลำบากมานาน
  • plot: the series of events that form the story of a novel, play, film/movie, etc. - เนื้อเรื่อง
  • produce (verb): to make the practical and financial arrangements needed to make a film, play, music video or television or radio programme - อำนวยการสร้าง, ผลิต
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  • provide: to give someone/ something that they want or need - จัดหาให้, จัดเตรียมไว้ให้
  • realistic (adj): representing things as they are in real life; looking/acting real - เหมือนจริง
  • release: the act of making something available to the public - การนำออกแสดง, การออกวางจำหน่าย
  • reportedly: as reported (often used for showing that you are not certain that something you are reporting is true) - ตามที่รายงาน
  • risk: the possibility that something dangerous or unpleasant might happen - ความเสี่ยง
  • show business: entertainment; the business involved with performances that people enjoy - ธุรกิจบันเทิง
  • subtitle: a translation of what people are saying in a foreign language film or television programme, that appears at the bottom of the screen - คำแปลที่เขียนไว้ข้างล่างในภาพยนตร์
  • taste (noun): the different feelings or sensations you get from food when you eat - รส
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  • thrill: a sudden feeling of being very excited and pleased - ความรู้สึกตื่นเต้น
  • trick: something that you do to make somebody believe something which is not true - การหลอกลวง, การเล่นกล
  • underachiever: a person who has not done as much in life as they could have -
  • vacation: holiday; a period of time spent travelling or resting away from home - ลาพักผ่อน, ลาพักร้อน
  • viewer: a person who watches TV -
  • weird: very strange - แปลกประหลาด
  • weirdness: being very strange - แปลกประหลาด
  • whacky: goofy; silly; seeming stupid - น่าหัวเราะ,น่าขำ
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