Wonderful Town (2007)
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Critic Reviews for Wonderful Town
There's a folksy majesty to Wonderful Town, born of its leisurely pace, pastoral views of idyllic scenery and a storytelling drive set only slightly faster than slow motion. It recalls a lot of rustic, independent English-language films of the '90s
A sensitive love story from Thailand set against the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami.
It's no small feat to pull off as sweet and sensitive a romance as that between Na and Ton, and something rarer yet to suffuse such affections into a poem of wounded landscape.
This delicate, delightful and nearly note-perfect debut feature from young Thai director Aditya Assarad offers more evidence of the tremendous film renaissance underway in East Asia.
Occasionally, Assarat -- who studied in the US -- drops a hint about sinister times to come, but nothing prepares the audience for what does happen.
Audience Reviews for Wonderful Town
What I thought would be a uplifting film full of heart and emotion turns out to be a dull and uninspired plunge into depression. I don't want to give anything away, but I'll just say the end really makes you feel like the whole thing was pointless. Seriously, why even make a movie like this? The romance between the two main characters is kind of boring, and one never really feels like it's truly meant to be. This makes the motives of everyone involved seem meaningless as well.
Wonderful Town is set in a Thai village that was devastated by the 2004 Tsunami. A young architect is sent to oversee the rebuilding effort that has started in the village. He soon falls in love with a local girl. The film is slow and thoughtful. It builds upon the romance whilst looking at it from a distance. Both parties are very cautious about getting close to each other. The locals soon disapprove of the relationship, it upsets the balance and releases pent up anger from the community that perhaps feels abandoned. The ending is shocking and even sickening. It comes suddenly, as such an act would. Wonderful Town is a bit to thoughtful for it's own good. There's a great story and some fascinating themes here, but first it makes us sit through a generic love story, one that takes up too much screen time.
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