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 ... See full summary »
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
With fantastic induction of 6ixtynin9 and what was supposedly the peak of Pen Ek Ratanaruang as a director indicated in Last Life in the Universe came an expected decline of Invisible Waves (which was OK, yet not as good as the other two mentioned). But Ploy was a positive surprise! After the Invisible Waves which seemed to carry on with the ideas of Last Life in The Universe (hence, the director couldn't find or just didn't bother looking for a new, more creative approach) this was a completely new refreshment... just like Last Life in The Universe was at its time. I don't know if this is the best film of this prominent director (I cannot make my mind up... it's still between 6ixtynin9, Last Life and Ploy) but with Ploy he showed that he's still fresh and can strike hard unlike many "one movie" directors who are made famous by one appearance and then simply decline with other works. This is not the case here and this makes my sight attached to Pen Ek's works as closely as never before. A brilliant piece from one of the greatest directors.
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