My Space

An exam question about the medical evidence of love prompts some young Bangkok people to examine their emotional lives in the quietly touching and deftly amusing love story, "My Space," from debuting directors Witit Kumsakaew and Rithichai Siriprasitpong. Picked up by distrib Sahamongkol, and placed in theaters after a transfer from DV to 35mm, the beguiling student pic was a smart moneyspinner at local wickets. Resembling a Japanese slacker film, but imbued with greater wit and emotional depth, this charmer should prove a crowd-pleaser at fests not put off by its humble, film school origins.

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With: Pachara Booranawimolwarn, Sarut Chatchawan, Thitarat Hanrittirong, Somlek Sakdikul.

An exam question about the medical evidence of love prompts some young Bangkok people to examine their emotional lives in the quietly touching and deftly amusing love story, “My Space,” from debuting directors Witit Kumsakaew and Rithichai Siriprasitpong. Picked up by distrib Sahamongkol, and placed in theaters after a transfer from DV to 35mm, the beguiling student pic was a smart moneyspinner at local wickets. Resembling a Japanese slacker film, but imbued with greater wit and emotional depth, this charmer should prove a crowd-pleaser at fests not put off by its humble, film school origins.

Pann (Pachara Booranawimolwarn) is a pretty, thoughtful medical student with a passion for photography inherited from her late father. When her aunt is due to be hospitalised for an operation, Pann is enlisted to supervise a photographer the aunt has engaged to cover a public concert.

Shutterbug Nick (Sarut Chatchawan) is an arty type who’s troubled by his persistent, matrimonally-minded (but unseen) g.f., whose phone calls he avoids at all costs. Coincidentally already living across the hall from each other, Nick and Pann become closer, tacitly teetering on the edge of romance as their lives continue to overlap.

Unusually for a DV feature, and particularly for a film-school production, helming is confident and assured. An uncluttered approach to direction, an understanding of appropriate camera movement and smart shot choices compliment the gentle pace of the script. Though the exact division of duties between Kumsakaew and Siriprasitpong is unclear, it’s obvious the talented pair would be comfortable working with film too. Script is astute, with a maturity that belies the duo’s youth.

With the exception of a delightful cameo by Thai character actor Somlek Sakdikul (as a substitute cardiology lecturer), all thesps are non-professionals. Performances across the board are imbued with a sensitivity and authenticity that touches the heart, without one false note.

DV lensing is only adequate, with visible glitches, and though at the Bangkok fest “Space” was projected digitally (ostensibly for a clearer image), the end credits were virtually illegible. However, English subtitles are distinct. Sound quality also varies, including traffic and wind noises, but is not distracting. Other tech credits are satisfactory.

Title derives from the name of the gallery where Nick exhibits his photographs.

My Space

Thailand

Production: A Sahamongkol release of a Baa-Ram-Ewe production. (International sales: Sahamongkol, Bangkok.) Produced by Prachya Pinkaew, Sukanya Vongsthapat, Sutita Reungronghirunya. Executive producer, Somsak Techaratanaprasert. Directed by Witit Kumsakaew, Rithichai Siriprasitpong. Screenplay, Kumsakaew, Boonchai Kunlayasiri.

Crew: Camera (color, DV-to-35mm), Nikorn Sripongvarakun; editor, Sripongvarakun; music, Saksit Vatesupaporn; production designer, Vallop Rungkumchad; sound (Dolby Digital), Siam Pattana Film. Reviewed at Bangkok Film Festival (Thai Panorama), Jan. 21, 2005. Running time: 97 MIN.

With: With: Pachara Booranawimolwarn, Sarut Chatchawan, Thitarat Hanrittirong, Somlek Sakdikul.

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