In two halves, we see first the gentle romance between country boy Tong and soldier Keng and then Kengs quest to track down a mysterious, ghostly creature in the jungle
This sophomore effort from Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul is a real oddity. Described by the director as a memoir of love and darkness, its a movie of two halves, the first part concerning the gentle romance between country boy Tong (Kaewbuadee) and soldier Keng (Lomnoi), the second involving Kengs quest to track down a mysterious, ghostly creature in the jungle.
To attempt the fusion of these disparate elements was an audacious risk that could have resulted in an embarrassing mess. However, pairing such radically contrasting stories is the films great strength. Weerasethakul brilliantly juxtaposes natural and supernatural, real and mythical, modern and ancient, and
draws out fascinating parallels between the two stories, showing mans primal
desire for control to be equally powerful in either situation.