Rak Haeng Siam (The Love of Siam) (2007) has all the right actors to make this a wonderful movie to own, and to be watched again and again. This gay film deals with 2 male teenagers who finds comfort in each other's company. Tong (Mario Maurer) lost his sister and his family dealt with the loss badly by moving away. Tong meets Mew (Witwisit Hirunwongkul) again when they are teenagers. By then, Mew is already a member of a teen group. In his association with Tong, Mew writes a love song that is only so obviously inspired by Tong. At the same time too, Tong has problem progressing with his own girlfriend. In the evening where Mew sings that song he wrote, Tong and Mew shares a kiss.

Tong's mother objects to the relationship development, and since then, Mew and Tong no longer meets up. But Tong faces difficulties to deny his feeling for Mew, and eventually, he attends the singing contest where Mew is participating.

Tong meets up again with Mew after the singing, and they depart as mutual friends only. FUCK!

This movie won Thailand National Film Association Award Best Picture award, as well as Best Director and Best Supporting Actress (Laila Boonyasak). It also received 12 other nominations.

My complaint about the movie? It has the most beautiful actors to portray a love story that could be a bigger talk-about, but unfortunately the film usage of them was not to the maximum. There is still a certain level of homophobic treatment of the film, although it is obviously a gay teen love story. Note the posters used. Why should two teenager girls who have little roles in the film be included? And don't get me started on the way the film ends. FUCK! Again.

Edited (June 1, 2008): As I am unhappy with the original DVD cover for including girls who are of minor roles, I have custom-made my own. It is not perfect, but nether is the original's.

Download the full size DVD cover here.

2 Comments:

  1. Anonymous said...
    The ending is not that bad. Remember this? "As long as there's love, there's hope." They may reunite in the future, hopefully.
    Jon said...
    Hmmm... Interesting. Perhaps a Part 2?

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