WONDERFUL TOWN (Aditya Assarat, 2007)

Bangkok-born, U.S.-educated Aditya Assarat’s Wonderful Town is his fourth film and first feature, and although it frequently feels like the work of someone else—say, fellow Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul—it is an absorbing, powerful achievement. Quiet, moody, semi-lyrical, suspenseful, it is set in Takua Pa, a near ghost town in southern coastal Thailand; deaths and abandonments […]