Monday, April 28, 2014

The Teacher's Diary - A Thailand Movie

Thailand | 2014 | 110 minutes | Director: Nithiwat Tharatorn

I saw the trailer of this movie when I was queuing for another movie. Needless to say, I was hooked and set an agenda to watch it for the next weekend.

The movie follows the story of two teachers who are alternately assigned on a floating school in Chiang Mai, Thailand. In 2012, former wrestler-turn-teacher Song (Sukrit Wisetkaew) arrives at the school and finds a diary of Ann (Chermarn Boonyasak), the teacher who was assigned at the school the year before. Her diary helps him to better understand his students, get through his broken heart and overcome his loneliness. 

In 2013, Ann returns to the floating school and finds her diary with new notes from Song. While Ann and Song have never met, the diary brings them close and create a kind of longing to meet the other.

The movie successfully bridges two time periods with the scenes going back and forth on the time that Ann and Song spend on the floating school. Will they finally be able to meet each other? Well, it's not a Thailand horror movie, so just relax and chew the popcorn.

Apart from the romantic scenes, this movie still manages to keep the central theme on what being a teacher really means and why you should always stay true to your heart. This movie also makes me miss writing on my paper journal :).

Photos found here.

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