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My Girl (2003)
"Fan chan" (original title)

 -  Comedy  -  2003 (Thailand)
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Jeab hears that his childhood sweetheart Noi-Naa is to be married, so he makes the trip back home to his provincial village. As he does so, the memories come flooding back to his childhood ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Charlie Trairat ...
Jeab
Focus Jirakul ...
Noi-Naa
Charwin Jitsomboon ...
Jeab as adult
Wongsakorn Rassamitat ...
Jeab's father
Anusara Chantarangsi ...
Jeab's mother (as Arnudsara Jantarangsri)
Nipawan Taveepornsawan ...
Noi-Naa's mother
Prem Tinsulanonda ...
Himself (on television)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Aphichan Chaleumchainuwong ...
Dtee
Preecha Chanapai ...
Noi-Naa's father
Anyarit Pitakkul ...
Boy
Yok Teeranitayatarn ...
Manoj
Chaleumpol Tikumpornteerawong ...
Jack
Thana Vichayasuranan ...
Prik
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Jeab hears that his childhood sweetheart Noi-Naa is to be married, so he makes the trip back home to his provincial village. As he does so, the memories come flooding back to his childhood in 1980s Thailand. He remembers always being late to school, so his father would have to give him a ride on the back of the motorcycle. After school, he would always play with Noi-Naa and her girlfriends while the neighborhood boys rode their bicycles and played football and Chinese fantasy characters. Written by Wise Kwai

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$36,373 (Hong Kong) (20 August 2004)

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$36,373 (Hong Kong) (20 August 2004)
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The power of simplicity

By far the best of the many Thai films I have seen, this will utterly astonish anyone expecting the melodrama and poor acting so often encountered in Thai cinema. As even by the standards of the latter, its budget was low, it shows in the tradition of which The Bicycle Thieves is perhaps the most spectacular example, that with fine acting and masterful direction, depiction of the emotions in a simple story can trump a budget of any size.

A young man called Jeap is invited to the wedding of his long-lost childhood friend Noi-Naa. His initial decision to give precedence to a prior engagement is soon abandoned when in his car he listens to the musical hits of his childhood and memories flood back in the way old music is perhaps uniquely powerful in making them do. Most of the story then focuses on Jeap as a ten-year-old agonisingly torn between the super-girlish circle of his oldest friend and neighbour Noi-Naa and a gang of characterful boys led by an amiably-roguish fat bully called Jack. Extremely nostalgic and wittily recounted, it is definitely a story to make one both laugh and cry. The acting is superb.

The title and cover are misleading. Touching as the deeply-felt friendship of Jeap and Noi-Naa is, Fan Chan is not a romance, but a story about friendships and their meaning in the emotional world of the pre-pubescent boy. The idea of its being romantic is actually deeply ironic, for what it does perhaps most convincingly and interestingly is to remind us of a truth that was obvious to everyone until a generation or two ago: that beyond his mother's love, a boy's needs until well into adolescence are for his own sex. Nowadays this tends to be obscured by contrived gender-blindness combined with a silly and uncomfortably half-hearted wish to see children prematurely aping their parents' romantic antics.

Unfortunately, the full mind-blowing emotional impact will only be felt by those with nostalgic memories of the lost simplicity of rural Thailand in the 1980s, and especially those who were children then. These above all accounted for its being the extraordinary and unexpected local hit it was, but even with its impact diluted, it fully deserves a global audience.

Edmund Marlowe, author of Alexander's Choice, a novel of boyhood.


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