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Cherm (2005)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  12 May 2005 (Thailand)
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Moon-faced Sombat, a middle-aged taxi driver, usually works the night shift in Bangkok. He is an old-fashioned "straight arrow" and the greatest enjoyment in his lonely life is to listen to... See full summary »

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Sombati Diprom 'Bati' (as Mum Jokmok)
Woranut Wongsawan ...
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Siwa Traesang ...
Sia Chan
Kuensit Suwanwatthakee ...
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Puritat Chaiseth ...
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Moon-faced Sombat, a middle-aged taxi driver, usually works the night shift in Bangkok. He is an old-fashioned "straight arrow" and the greatest enjoyment in his lonely life is to listen to old Thai songs and Thai classical music late at night on AM radio. One evening a kindred spirit, Nual, a young and very pretty massage parlour girl, enters his cab at midnight after finishing her shift. She makes a deal with him to give her regular rides to work, but their relationship soon becomes more of a friendship. He takes her to his favorite noodle shop to eat, and she takes him to McDonalds for his first-ever burger. He then takes her to his favorite dance hall where they watch older couples dance to oldies, and she takes him shopping in a glitzy mall where she reveals her dream of owning a bridal shop. Sombat has written several letters to his favorite DJ expressing his appreciation for the programming and the DJ's friendly patter with the fond wish that one will be read on the air. He ... Written by Brian Greenhalgh

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A great turn on an old story
15 September 2007 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

The love between a sex worker and a taxi/rickshaw driver is a fairly old staple in Asian film. "Cyclo" was a widely distributed effort from Vietnam a number of years ago. Bob Hoskins first made a big splash in international film with a British version of this in "Mona Lisa". Often the woman is harsh but somewhat vulnerable. Usually the man is sweet and often a little dim.

The conventions are used here in a way that accurately captures the consumer culture of Bangkok, the rhythms of the city and the world of talk radio in taxis. The acting is subtle, although the storytelling is broad, in places (but rather nuanced compared with the cartoonish plotting of most Thai films made for domestic consumption). The cinematography is excellent and one reason that this film is able to build such starkly realistic and contemporary atmosphere. It's a shame that this film is difficult to find and had a limited run even on the festival circuit.


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