Feature length debut for director Pimpaka Towira, after the short Mae Nak (1997). While that film dealt with the supernatural, the director here finds himself standing on slightly more realist ground. One Night Husband deals with the subject of a person's unexplained disappearance, which sets off a search that gradually loses sight of its object and acquires poetic and existential dimensions. In Sipang's (Nicole-;j''heriault) attempt to find her husband, she becomes close to his brother and the brother's wife Bussaba (Siriyakorn Pukkavesel. A friendship evolves between the two women that gradually reveals depths of passion and violence. Towira's film unsettles demarcations betwe~n realism and poetry in cinema. Influences from Repulsion (1~65) - Polanski's film's uncanny sense of creeping dread and claustrophobic malaise - could be a valid point of entry into One Night Husband. More so with the obvious antecedent of Michelangelo Antonioni's L'Avventura (1959). One Nigllt Husband treats a very hot subject matter indeed, but one that i's'rendered in intensely cool surfaces: a softly gliding, fluid camera, a recurrence of motifs such as wind, darkness and shadows, reflections in water and through glass - immaterial and beautiful things. Poetry rarely looks so good. HENRIK MJeNES

Title
One Night Husband
Director
Pimpaka Towira
Country
Thailand
Length
135 min
Festival
2003
Section
Spotlight
Language
Thai
Production year
2003
Original title
Kuen rai ngao
Cast
Siriyakorn Pukkavesh,Nicole Theriault,Pongpat Wachirabunjong
Producer
Mingmongkol Sonakul
Script
Pipaka Towira
Music
Kasemsan Phromsupa

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