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Architect Ton (Kansen) comes to stay near the Thai coast to work on a construction project, and falls for chambermaid Na (Saisoontorn)

★★★★★

This Thai love story proceeds at a funereal pace for much of its running time, but with allusions to the Asian tsunami, it doesn’t take a seismologist to predict that there’s a cataclysm a-coming. Architect Ton (Kansen) comes to stay near the coast to work on a construction project, and falls for chambermaid Na (Saisoontorn).

Their romance is convincingly tentative, but with gossip spreading, a sense that the course of true love will not run smooth is pervasive. With lingering scenery shots and a haunting guitar score, this recalls Aussie hit Somersault as it builds to a quietly devastating climax.

Sounds gorgeous, looks gorgeous but takes a while to get where it's going.

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