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118 minutes · 2004

Avant-Garde, Drama, Experimental
Apichatpong Weerasethakul, the gifted Thai filmmaker who studied painting and filmmaking at the School of the Art Institute, gives this spellbinding 2004 feature a mysterious, allusive two-part structure. The first part tracks the hesitant, playful relationship between a shy provincial ice cream truck driver (Sakda Kaewbuadee) and a dashing soldier (Banlop Lomnoi); the astonishing second part is set deep in the Thai jungle and includes an abstract, wordless pursuit of a ghost tiger. The two parts are linked by lyrical compositions and an almost painful sense of longing and regret. Viewers open to a new way of imagining film are sure to be enthralled by this singular young voice. In Thai with subtitles.

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