In Thailand’s Pen-Ek Ratanaruang (Last Life in the Universe, Ploy, Invisible Waves) Samui Song, a soap opera actress, who’s husband is under the spell of a charismatic cult leader, sets a scheme to escape dark destiny that will lead to a chain of tragic results.
For his return to the Big screen, Ratanaruang’s goes Noir with a drama turning to thriller. As it has become a habit, he defines conventions precisely by shifting from conventional story telling with unusual change of genre and pace.
Although the ending (that we won’t display) is not fully convincing, Ratanaruang’s direction pace and overall signature, with these trademark odd shifts into the storyline, offer an intriguing insight into the grey zone which lies in us all. It is this peculiar talent to create unsettling changes that makes the director as interesting as he is overlooked. And Samui Song is certainly worth a look.