Monday, October 27, 2008

Love of Siam / Rak Haeng Siam (Thailand, 2007)

Love of Siam, by director Chukiat Sakveerakul, pleasantly surprised me in many different ways. It is one of those rare magnificent ‘coming of age’ and ‘coming out’ films that adds depth to its genre. This film will probably often be describes as a gay themed movie. This is true, but it is so much more! Most of all it will show us the growing feelings between two boys from friendship to something more but it also is a film about family problems, how to deal with a great loss in your family (a daughter/sister who suddenly disappears) and how to keep on living without having regrets. This movie from Thailand intertwines all elements beautifully together.

However, despite it brilliance, this gem probably won’t be liked by everybody because it is over 150 minutes long and not too many action takes place. In my opinion, this movie did not become boring at all, it slowly evolves and will leave a deep emotional impact on your mind.
The acting is magnificent (well, there are some characters which are less appealing), the music feels right, the cinematography is beautifully done and the storyline is outstanding.

Love of Siam is probably one of the best movies ever made, according to its subject. This is a true masterpiece so don’t waste anymore time but go and see it!

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