Director: Chukiat Sakweerakul
Cast:Sinjai Plengpanich, Chermal Boonyasak,
Songsit Rungnoppakulsri, Mario Muarer,
Wichawisit Hiranwongkul, Kanya
Rattanapet, Athicha Pongsilpapipat
RunTime: 2 hrs 40 mins
Released By: GV & Scorpio East Pictures
Rating: M18 (Mature Theme)
Official Website: http://www.theloveofsiam.com/
Day: 16 July 2009 (EXCLUSIVE GV VIVOCITY, CINEMA EUROPA)
young boys are best friends living quiet family lives in Bangkok.
Their lives are disrupted when one boy's older sister goes
missing on a jungle trip. The shattered family moves away,
separating the boys. Years later, now in their late teens,
the boys meet again. One of them is now the leader of an aspiring
boy band whose managing assistant bears a striking resemblance
to the lost sister. The boys must deal with their family and
social lives and their feelings for each other.
Countless films have been made about the subject of love but
few come as close to answering what love is as “Love
of Siam”. This is a film that understands that love
isn’t simply in the telling, it’s also in the
showing, the doing, the little simple acts of love that we
perform for the ones we care about. And yes, it is tender,
touching and guaranteed to stay with you for a long time.
story unfolds with two young boys, Tong and Mew, who live
across the street from each other. Tragedy befalls Tong’s
family when they take a vacation to Chiang Mai and Tong’s
sister, Tang, goes missing. Devastated, their family moves
away, but not before Tong leaves a parting gift to Mew, though
incomplete due to a minor hitch in delivery.
forward a few years and Tong and Mew are both in their teens.
Tong is a boyishly handsome secondary school boy, caught up
with a relationship with an attractive girl called Donut he
unfortunately doesn’t have feelings for. Mew is a singer-songwriter
of his own school band, August, that is already engaged with
a record company and about to release their first album. The
two bump into each other one day on the street, and pretty
soon, discover their feelings and their love for one another.
you think this is some homosexual film, let me assure that
it is not. True, Tong and Mew may exchange long stares, adoring
smiles and even a kiss, but in no way does this film champion
homosexuality. Instead, this is a story that celebrates the
feelings we sometimes quite inexplicably develop for another
person, feelings of care, intimacy and affection so strong
that we have no other choice than to call it love. How we
display these feelings for the other person is another matter,
and one that “Love of Siam” drives home poignantly
with its bittersweet ending.
it would be pretentious for a film to call itself “Love
of Siam” if all it is about is the love between Tong
and Mew. Instead, writer-director Matthew Chukiat Sakveerakul
fashions a film as multi-faceted as love itself. This he does
through a multitude of characters and subplots that add to
the richness of the film- Ying, a girl living in Tong’s
old house that has a almost desperate crush on Mew; June,
Mew’s record producer’s assistant who bears a
striking resemblance to Tong’s missing sister and is
slowly brought into Tong’s family for an unusual purpose;
and most prominently, Tong’s parents, Korn and Sunee.
it is through them that “Love of Siam” delivers
its most powerful emotional punch. Still overwhelmed by the
loss of his daughter, Korn spends his days at home drowning
his sorrow in alcohol, leaving Sunee to support the family.
Such is the depth of Sunee’s love that she drives home
to bring Korn breakfast and lunch every day without fail.
What will you call that devotion if not love? And how many
of us are capable of that kind of love, of standing by someone
torn apart by the same hurt that we are feeling?
generations, across time or space, and across boundaries,
love is that force of nature that conquers all. “Love
of Siam” celebrates the power of love, love that comes
in many forms, love that expresses itself in so many ways,
but the same love that gives hope, that gives meaning to life.
It is one of the most beautiful expositions of love on film,
a story that speaks in a universal language and will touch
your heart in a most special way.
(Quite simply one of the most beautiful films you’ll
see on the subject of love)
Review by Gabriel Chong