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Mary is happy (new Thai film showing in UK) 4 stars out of 5 from the Guardian

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  • Mary is happy (new Thai film showing in UK) 4 stars out of 5 from the Guardian

    It’s Thai cinema that’s first to the screen credit “Based on the Twitter feed of …” Four hundred and 10 tweets by real-life teenager @marylonyform the basis of this impatient, searching film by sophomore director Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit and produced by Aditya Assarat (Wonderful Town). Said micro-missives are flashed over and between story segments, as high-school pupil Mary (Poopiriya) struggles to produce her yearbook. The constant wash of meta-commentary and a tone cantilevered just off realism adds a Godardian feel – he is name-checked – and there is a Jules et Jim-ish love triangle. But if this is a nouvelle vague for web 2.0, it proves surprisingly earnest. Mary’s self-conscious (and slightly irritating) escapades – buying a jellyfish online, an exploding iPhone – are subsumed into a more pained plotstream that mostly justifies an unTwitterishly elongated runtime. Beneath the modern veneer, something timeless emerges: a (pretty good) coming-of-age story. The tweets grow epigrammatic wings.

    And the full movie is already on youtube


    ps the youtube has no subtitles
    It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are

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    With subtitles
    We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.