An intriguing blend of documentary and drama, freewheeling Thai pic “3 Friends” observes a trio of young gal pals on vacation, one of whom (Napakpapah Nakprasit) is a locally famous model/actress in real life. Using improvised dialogue, pic’s three directors, Mingmongkol Sonakul (producer of “Mysterious Object at Noon”), Aditya Assarat and Pumin Chinaradee craft a jaunty idyll that blurs the boundary between fiction and reality in a non-threatening, summery way. Eye-candy cast could help “Friends” find berths offshore at fests.
Model Mamee (Nakprasit), flirt Belle (Jitraporn Panit) and quieter Yo (Penporn Poonsaem) have been friends since high school but don’t get to see much of each other because of Mamee’s jet set lifestyle. When Mamee lands a gig doing a shoot on a tropical island, the other two girls come along. Each speaks directly to the camera as if being interviewed about friendship, but, elsewhere in the pic, they act as if the camera did not exist, for instance when Mamee strikes up a friendship with Japanese scientist Yasu (Miyauchi Yasuhiko). Seaside locations look lovely and compensate for low budget.