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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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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.Read more ›
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.
A terrible movie.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Only reason I forced myself to watch this excruciatingly slow film was to learn more about Thailand. The ending made it even worse.Published 11 months ago by Reader-Writer
Not quite sure about the ending of this, except that a brother was a loser, and his sister's promising boyfriend was murdered because the brother was a loser. Read morePublished 11 months ago by UT
This is a really good movie, but you wont feel that way after the very last scene. It is a good love story with kind of a sad ending, but to me it is about the fact that bad... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Louie Lou
Booring, verrrrrry slow, tedious, uninteresting movie. Really nothing to recommend it.Published 14 months ago by Michael in upstate