Review: ‘I Carried You Home’

Two estranged sisters take the long way around sibling rivalry in dull Thai meller "I Carried You Home."

Two estranged sisters take the long way around sibling rivalry in dull Thai meller “I Carried You Home.” Funded by Busan’s Asia Cinema Fund, Tongpong Chantarangkul’s bow continues the enervating tradition for which the festival’s New Currents program is notorious. Pic may travel to like-minded fests, but its depiction of local taboos such as onscreen smoking will confine it to Thailand’s arty fringe.

When a singer (Porntip Kamlung) dies, her Singapore-residing daughter Pinn (Akhamsiri Suwanasuk) gets to the Bangkok hospital too late, while her moody, self-obsessed sister, Pann (Apinya Sakuljaroensuk), sleeps through their mother’s last gasp. The sisters have lots of time to catch up when they hire an ambulance to escort the cadaver to their village. The driver (Torphong Kul-on) is meant to supply comic relief but merely adds to the tedium of the two-day trip. Chantarangkul never lets a shiny surface pass without pointing the camera at it, which only highlights the thinness of a narrative stretched beyond capacity. HD lensing is flat; other tech credits are average, though the subtitler should invest in a spell-checker.

I Carried You Home

Thailand-Singapore

Production

A Triton Co. production, in association with Asian Cinema Fund. (International sales: Triton Co., Bangkok.) Produced by Thacksakom Pradubpongsa. Executive producers, Sihabutr Xoomsai, Assada Sreshthaputra, Jirayuth Sangtaweep, Rajadej Na Nagara, Panay Akarapanich, Thacksakorn Pradubpongsa. Directed by Tongpong Chantarangkul. Screenplay, Pramett Chankrasae, Piyakarn Bootprasert, Chantarangkul.

Crew

Camera (color), Chankrasae; editor, Adam Hussey; music, Buddhist Holidays; production designer, Phairot Siriwath. Reviewed at Busan Film Festival (New Currents), Oct. 8, 2011. Running time: 113 MIN.

With

Akhamsiri Suwanasuk, Apinya Sakuljaroensuk, Torphong Kul-on, Porntip Kamlung.

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