Blissfully Yours

Blissfully Yours (Thai: สุดเสน่หา, romanizedS̄ud s̄aǹeh̄ā) is a 2002 Thai romance film directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul. It won the Un Certain Regard prize at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival.[1]

Blissfully Yours
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The Thai film poster.
Directed byApichatpong Weerasethakul
Written byApichatpong Weerasethakul
Produced by
  • Eric Chan
  • Charles de Meaux
Starring
  • Kanokporn Thong-aram
  • Min Oo
  • Jenjira Jansuda
CinematographySayombhu Mukdeeprom
Edited byLee Chatametikool
Production
companies
  • Kick the Machine
  • Anna Sanders Films
Distributed by
Release date
  • May 17, 2002 (France)
  • August 13, 2002 (Thailand)
Running time
125 minutes
CountryThailand
LanguageThai

PlotEdit

Min is an illegal Burmese immigrant living in Thailand who has contracted a mysterious painful rash covering his upper body. His girlfriend, Roong, and a middle-aged woman, Orn, take him to see a doctor. Min pretends that he cannot speak because he is not fluent in Thai and speaking would reveal him to be an illegal immigrant. The doctor treats him, but because he does not have proper ID documents, refuses to supply him with the medical papers necessary to get a work permit. Roong pays Orn to help Min. Orn's prescribed medication is also mentioned, and while the doctor insists it is prescribed for stress relief, Orn claims her neighbor told her it was a powerful anti-depressant. Orn mentions that the medicine curbs her sexual appetite and that she might like to have another child with her husband. The doctor advises her not to take the medicine on days she intends to be intimate with her husband.

Orn brings Min to her husband's work and instead of using the prescription she got for Min's rash, Orn prepares a homemade concoction, a mix of finely chopped vegetables and store-bought skin creams. Orn also mentions to her husband that she'd like to have another child. The husband's response is negative and blames Orn for their first-born child drowning. Orn feeds the husband the homemade skin concoction. While waiting in silence, Min is approached by a man who places his hand on Min's lap suggestively.

Roong works in a factory, painting ceramic figurines of American cartoons. She does not want to work after having worked overtime the day before. Min and Orn drive over to the factory, and Roong feigns an illness and takes off with Min. She drives into the countryside, while Min directs her to a secret location she does not know. They come upon a cliff-side plateau overlooking the mountainous jungle. Roong is surprised by the beautiful view and they have a romantic picnic on the cliff and later by a river in the jungle. It is mentioned briefly by Roong that she dislikes Orn, and she also claims that no one likes the older woman because she is fake.

Orn meanwhile has sex with one of her husband's co-workers. They are suddenly interrupted when his motorcycle is stolen. The man chases after the thief and disappears, leaving Orn in anxious solitude. She ends up lost in the woods, and eventually stumbles upon the young lovers by the river while Roong is engaging in fellatio with Min.

Orn approaches the young couple after they finish. Roong leads Orn, who is initially hesitant, into a stream where they both rub lotion on Min. They then dry off and lie down by the river bank, Roong with Min and Orn by herself. Orn looks over at the couple and becomes emotional. She discovers ants on all the picnic articles and throws the majority of the garbage into the river. Orn steals a cigarette, lies down and begins to cry. Meanwhile, Roong dozes while playing with Min's penis and whispering Min's name. The final shot is of Roong turning over and gazing towards the camera.

The film ends with text stating: December 2001. Min is in Bangkok while waiting for work at a casino on the Thai-Cambodian border. Roong got back together with her boyfriend and they sell noodles in a town not far from Bangkok. Orn continues working as an extra in Thai movies.

CastEdit

Title sequence and soundtrackEdit

The opening title credits roll about 45 minutes into the film, during Roong and Min's drive into the jungle. Roong turns on the car radio and the music playing is a Thai-language version of "Summer Samba (So Nice)", composed by Marcos Valle and sung by the Thai artist, Nadia.

Alternate versionsEdit

Because of its graphic sex scenes, the film was censored in Thailand, with about 10 minutes cut from the Thai DVD release.

ReceptionEdit

Critical responseEdit

Blissfully Yours has received mostly positive reviews from critics. On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film currently holds a 90% approval rating based on 10 reviews, with an average rating of 7.6/10."[2] On Metacritic, the film currently has a weighted average score of 77/100 based on eight reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[3]

Blissfully Yours received 10 votes in the British Film Institute's decennial Sight & Sound polls of the greatest films ever made.[4]

AccoladesEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Festival de Cannes: Blissfully Yours". festival-cannes.com. Archived from the original on 2012-02-08. Retrieved 2009-10-31.
  2. ^ "Blissfully Yours".
  3. ^ Blissfully Yours, retrieved 2017-12-09
  4. ^ "Blissfully Yours". Archived from the original on August 20, 2012. Retrieved January 25, 2016.

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