For me, these one of a kind films with story lines totally unlike Hollywood are better in many ways than Hollywood's biggest hits. The portrayal of the elephant was very revealing and deep, and the entire film is like a trip into another culture and time. It's a marriage drama, a comedy, and an inspiring, whimsical tale.
Thana (Thaneth Warakulnukroh), a once celebrated Bangkok architect, is now being pushed out of his firm by much younger associates. Another push-away seems to come from his disinterested wife Bo (Penpak Sirikul). He heads toward the comfort of the small village of his childhood and, along the way, meets up with a man and his elephant. Thana startles. Certain this is Pop Aye, the beloved companion of his youth, he buys him. The rest is a simple and complex tale of the wanderings of the two through a part-new, part-old landscape, adapting, often by the hardest, to a variety of curious circumstances and events. Hanging out with an elephant just isn’t easy. It’s a beautiful story, well-told and directed (Kirsten Tan), solidly performed, and exceptionally filmed and edited (Chananun Chotrungro and Lee Chatametikool, respectively). The wise and winning gorgeous elephant is played by Bong. Surely recommend.