While I have a running series on my blog, called ‘The Indian Kaleidoscope’ where I run through an amazing array of Indian films. It’s not surprising that movies around the world in different languages are so varied as well. Which is why I am starting and will be continuing this series called ‘The Global Kaleidoscope’. It will exclude English, Indian and Korean films (as there are separate running series on my blog for that)
So without wasting any more time!
Country of origin: Thailand
Directed by: Yanyong Kuruaungkoul
Starring: Pimchanok Luevisadpaibul, Achita Pramoj Na Ayudhya, Dan Aaron Ramnarong
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Released: 19 March 2015
The story starts with our protagonist Kong, who like any other teenager doesn’t seem to be having a smooth sailing with his parents. What troubles him more is that, his parents and their relationship are in a rocky state as well. He overhears his mother mention another woman and even finds some burnt old photos of the same, along with a pager.
Suddenly from a message on a pager, he goes over to a phone booth, and he’s transported back in time to the 90s. A time when his father was after his dream of becoming a musician, especially in the genre of Alternative music. His mother isn’t even dating her father.
He also realises that another woman by the name Som, likes his father a lot, although he sees her as a sister more.
Although confused at first, he sets out to find how his parents ended up together, and fix things right.
An interesting theme. And an interesting movie.
Usually movies that go with any form of sci-fi might turn out to be the journey of the protagonist to find the reason why these scientifically impossible events are actually happening. This movie didn’t really try to explore any of that but went straight into the drama of his parents and their relationship.
Things looked pretty 90s and authentic to me, at least from a perspective of a person who doesn’t know much about life in the 90s in Thailand.
Another interesting thing from the point of view of Kong is that he got to see his parents in a different light. Unlike the parents he is used to, he sees that his father is not strict but just as savvy and unbothered as anyone else. His father shirks from responsibilities, and just wants to become a musician and tries really hard for that as well. His mother too was young, free, independent and so different from how she is as a mother.
I think this part really gives us some food for thought. In most cases, we always visualise as our parents to be responsible, mature and everything else they are from the time we know them. We never really think past a point where they could have been as reckless, and fun, and so much else. They might have dropped a lot of dreams and wishes to be where they are today and I think it’s something we should always keep in our mind.