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OFFICIAL SELECTION: NEW YORK, ROTTERDAM AND PUSAN FILM FESTIVALS

WINNER: TIGER AWARD: BEST FILM ROTTERDAM

Wonderful Town, writer-director Aditya Assarat s (delicate, delightful, and nearly note-perfect debut feature - Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com), follows Ton, a young Bangkok architect dispatched to oversee a building site in a seaside Thai resort town. There, he meets and gradually falls for Na, a shy and pretty inn-keeper who is equally drawn to Ton. The couple s deceptively tranquil romance takes root and grows, but it is in the aftermath of appalling tragedy. The sleepy tempos and empty streets of Na s picturesque village are the result of devastation from the 2004 tsunami: a tidal wave that swept away 8,000 people in a single day and left a ghost town in its wake. As the young couple s relationship flourishes amidst the ruins, the true toll of the catastrophe that brought them together comes to the surface, and Wonderful Town evolves from a (dreamy and oddly disturbing - Time Out New York) romance to a (touching thriller - (NY Post). Employing (surpassingly lovely filmmaking... that lets each emotion, thought and subtle effect flower, then fade away - Nathan Lee, New York Times), Assarat depicts Ton and Na s increasingly fragile and ultimately tragic idyll with a graceful acuity and focused subtlety that parallels survival with loss and love with rage.

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Aditya Assarat s attention to minute detail and ravaged architecture screams Antonioni... but his ability to switch from dreamy to ugly in a heartbeat suggests A SINGULAR VOICE IN THE MAKING... --David Fear, TIME OUT NY

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  • Actors: Anchalee Saisoontorn, Supphasit Jansen
  • Directors: Aditya Assarat
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: KINO VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: March 3, 2009
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001LLA77S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,919 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Wonderful Town" on IMDb

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This film was interesting and captivating, although very slow to get to its storyline. The scenes were what kept me interested, in terms of specifically, the visuals of places and a sense of the countryside. However, the ending was ... how best to put it?... lame. It felt like there wasn't enough development here. The story could have simply progressed as it had - a slow romance with cultural disconnects - not even necessarily a "happy ending" - but this film falls way short when it could have actually been significant. It's like the screenwriter and director simply "gave up" too soon. A shame. There is potential here.
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Takua Pa is a modern ghost town in southern Thailand,following the 2004 tsunami, situated between the mountains and the sea.The past,only obliquely alluded to, has drained the life and energy out of the place so that all that is left is bad karma.There are ruined houses and shells of hotels from the day when 8000 lives were swept away.One is haunted.The title is ironic(witness the local ne're-do-wells T-shirts).Na (Saisoontorn) says she feels trapped.She is the Chinese-Thai owner of the hotel.Ton(Kansen) is an architect from Bangkok who has volunteered to spend 2 months supervising the erection of sea-side hotels and prefers to stay in Na's quiet rooming house to noisy city life. Between Na and Ton a delicate romance develops.Their restraint is shown in her touching his clothes in his room,his in buying her oranges.This fragile love is pitted against an atmosphere of foreboding,a soundtrack of tidal rumblings,distant bells,industrial thrumming,incessant insect-chitter and a string-heavy score.They make love to a suitably swelling sea.There is a nice evocation of moods and atmospheres.

They get together on the hotel roof sofa at night,he plays her songs he's written(he used to be a musician,run a bar,be an alcoholic in the past and has fallen out with his dad) or takes her for a run in his Suzuki or for a ride on a motorbike to deserted tin mines.Na warns him to be circumspect.Her gangster brother,Wit(Yaambunying) seems to give his blessing,but his gang of hot-headed bikers have broken into his car and are continually harassing them,as if to move him on.Small town malevolence,people disliking the outsider,bring in hints of hostility and danger.Wit is an unreformed reprobate and should be helping his sister run the hotel,instead she looks after his son.
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I really wanted to give this movie five stars. The ending was completely unsatisfying. The first ninety percent of this movie is gentle love story, told at a slow pace, set against the backdrop of rebuilding after the tsunami. Then the last act takes a completely bizarre turn. Still, we'll worth watching, but be prepared to be puzzled at the end.
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A little slow with some unexplained plot turns. Most disappointing is how it finishes unexpectedly with too many unresolved issues...
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The movie at first appears to be a character study that could be interesting. The Na character does evolve and we get to understand her. The Ton character is seemingly unattended by the director except in fits and starts. the movie ends without resolution as if the producer and director ran out of money or could not figure out how to end the story arc.
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I am a fan of foreign films. This one I am NOT a fan of. The story line was to simplistic and moved very slow. There was one basic idea and not nearly enough supporting details. I found the only drama was at the during the last fifteen minutes of the movie. The actor and actress were fine they just didn't have a good enough script. I was going to stop watching it after the first twenty minutes but kept thinking it would get better but it didn't.
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Started as a peaceful story, terrible ending.
Wish I'd read the reviews before I watched the whole thing.

Misleading title and through most of the movie.
Perhaps the producers are trying to 'send a message', or 'teach a lesson'?
Well, Life is a teacher, and, I don't need reminders of the worst of human behavior.

The authors of this are not contributing to society in any way that I can see.
This movie perpetuates the negative underbelly of humanity.

It's depressing.
A terrible movie.
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The beginning and middle of this movie is quite slow, but it would be a tolerable pace if we were going somewhere meaningful. Spoiler Alert: However, the most senseless murder at the end seems disconnected from the rest of the story; it is a murder story that belongs to a different sort of romantic story.
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