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Malila: The Farewell Flower

Thailand, Thai, 94 mins

  • Director: Anucha Boonyawatana
  • Writer: Anucha Boonyawatana; Waasuthep Ketpetch

CGiii Comment

Nothing can quite prepare you for the extraordinary beauty found within the frames of Malila - practically, every shot is a perfectly composed work of art.

A spiritual meditation on life, love and death...centred around the potency and purity of Jasmine. This is what can be achieved when a visionary director chooses his crew with care and consideration. There is no weak link here. Seamless editing, breathtaking cinematography, accomplished lighting...and, a sparingly-used soundtrack that waxes and wanes with the gentle, profound emotion. But...the force majeure is the control, by the actors...by this considerable and considerate director.

Even when the horror descends, there is still a sense of serenity...the unfliching grotesque becomes a beauty in itself. There's a moment that will make you gasp...as a tear - quite rightly - trickles down your cheek. You won't want to wipe it away...this film will stay with you.

As immersive as can be imagined...an extraordinary work of art.


The(ir) Blurb...

A visual poetry of life of a couple combined with a traditional Thai Bai Sri art and Buddhist philosophy. Pitch and Shane, who once were lovers, are trying to heal the pain of their contemporary lives by reviving their old romance through the fabricating of the traditional Thai ornament which is made of leaves and flowers and symbolizes love and virtue. When Shane finds out that Pich is dying, he decides to be a monk forever.

Cast & Characters

Sukollawat Kanarot as Shane;
Sumret Muengput as Monk;
Anuchit Sapanpong as Pitch

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