My Suicide

Botched suicide attempts lead to a double-indemnity marriage of convenience but fail to provide laffs in Thai black comedy. Though it has a positive, Buddhist message at its heart and co-helmers Thosapol Siriwiwat and Peerapan Laoyan frequently add flourishes which provide moments of visual distinction, pic never really comes to life.

With:
With: Tawan Chantaraviboon, Nat Wattanapat.

Botched suicide attempts lead to a double-indemnity marriage of convenience but fail to provide laffs in Thai black comedy “My Suicide.” Though it has a positive, Buddhist message at its heart and co-helmers Thosapol Siriwiwat and Peerapan Laoyan frequently add flourishes which provide moments of visual distinction, pic never really comes to life. Asia-friendly events may see this as an adequate filler.

A young man (Tawan Chantaraviboon), suffering from unrequited love for a high-flying model, reads a tome entitled “How to Kill Yourself — Softly.” Instead of hanging himself, he accidentally stabs his penis. A trip to a haunted hospital mistakenly lands him with an HIV-positive diagnosis and a deepened interest in self-destruction. Sensing his death-wish, an ambitious convenience store check-out chick (Nat Wattanapat) talks him into wedlock so she can kill him for a 5 million baht ($120,000) insurance claim. Pic ambles along with heavy-handed, slapstick humor to its inevitable romantic conclusion, but by then film is dead on its feet. Among perfs, Wattanapat (best actress winner at the Puchon fantasy fest) sparks some interest. Tech credits are good, given budget limitations.

My Suicide

Thailand

Production: A Sahamongkol Intl. presentation of a Baa-Ram-Ewe production. (International sales: Golden Network Asia, Hong Kong.) Produced by Akarapol Techaratanaprasert, Prachya Pinkaew, Sukanya Wongsathapat. Executive producer, Somsak Techaratanaprasert. Directed by Thosapol Siriwiwat, Peerapan Laoyan. Screenplay, Siriwiwat, Laoyan, Shanop Sirikamolmas.

Crew: Camera (color), Wanchai Veng Faw; editor, Laoyan; music, Puvanai Dardarananda; production designer, Sayan Somkuan; sound, Sunit Asavinikul. Reviewed at Puchon Fantastic Film Festival (competing), South Korea, July 17, 2004. Running time: 104 MIN.

With: With: Tawan Chantaraviboon, Nat Wattanapat.

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