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Every relationship has an expiration date. Every relationship needs its fantasies...some more real than others... A violent death of a relative brings Wit and his wife, Dang, back to Bangkok from America, where they own a Thai restaurant, for the first time in 7 years. As soon as they arrive in Bangkok at 5.30 am. Wit and Dang check into a five-star hotel downtown. Wit finds out that he is out of cigarettes once they are inside the room. He goes down to the lobby bar. After getting his pack of cigarette from the bartender Wit decides to order a cup of coffee and smoke his cigarette there. The girl from the table in the dark corner comes to Wit to ask if she could borrow his lighter. Wit hands her his lighter. Then she asks if she could borrow one cigarette too. The girl sits down and lights up one of his cigarettes and they somehow strike up a conversation. Wit learns that her name is PLOY. This is how our little tale of love and jealousy begins. A highly detailed psychological drama ... Written by
It is difficult to tell what the director's intentions were with this Thai film called Ploy. The three central characters are a husband (Wit) and wife (Dang) and a young woman (Ploy) the husband meets in an airport bar.
The film starts at a slow pace--appropriate as the tired husband and wife travelers arrive in Thailand in the early morning hours. But the pace remains sluggish until we realize that's the style of the film Then we discover that some happenings may only be the stuff of dreams.
Eventually, it becomes apparent that this is not a simple narrative. Side stories branch off, some action may be fantasy, and other plot developments seem to terminate without resolution.
Though it all, the "central action" that takes place in the couple's hotel room is filmed very deliberately. The camera lingers on vacated spaces. It traces the lines of architectural elements, rendering them cubist abstractions. It captures inactivity. The result is the film becomes a kind of meditation.
The film did not lose my attention. Although the storyline was ambiguous, I was still engaged.
Clearly the central theme has something to do with the shelf life of (married) relationships. Wit says, "Everyone is lonely. Most people don't know it because they're too busy." The film is named after the young girl's character, presumably because she is the catalyst that sparks the couple's imaginations and fears.
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