The Love of Siam (รักแห่งสยาม: full movie) is a 2007 multiple-award–winning Thai-language drama directed by Matthew Chookiat Sakveerakul (แมททิว ชูเกียรติ ศักดิ์วีระกุล) and starring Mario Mauer (มาริโอ้ เมาเร่อ), Witwisit Hiranyawongkul (วิชญ์วิสิฐ หิรัญวงษ์กุล), Sinjai Plengpanich (สินจัย เปล่งพานิช), Songsit Rungnopakunsri (ทรงสิทธิ์ รุ่งนพคุณศรี), Laila Boonyasak (ไลลา บุญยศักดิ์), Kanya Rattanapetch (กัญญา รัตนเพชร), and Chanidapa Pongsilpipat (ชนิดาภา พงศ์ศิลป์พิพัฒน์).
A short plot summary of the film is difficult without imposing an interpretation on the plot, characters, and themes. Nonetheless, the film revolves around a Thai Catholic family whose daughter Tang goes missing, thus affecting all the relationships within and without the family. This leaves the mother Sunee, father Korn, and son Tong as a family of three. Meanwhile, once-neighbour Mew, whom Tong befriends shortly before Tang’s
disappearance, has been abandoned by his parents; his grandmother dies; and he must raise himself, wondering if it’s possible to live life without loving at all. In the wake of the devastation of Tang’s loss, Tong’s family moves away. Six years later, Tong and Mew meet again, and a lookalike of Tang appears in Mew’s life. From this point, two paralleled plots intermingle and reflect one another: Tang’s lookalike is brought into Tong’s family to maintain an illusion that might bring a semblance back to family life. Tong and Mew begin to care about one another again, but the particular shape of love may be different from before.
It’s easy to see the film and think, I want to see this again and understand it better. There is so much in this movie to digest. The details are significant. The exact, though slow, pacing of the plot is relevant. The choices of images, words, and music are significant.
On the other hand, The Love of Siam has been the subject of considerable controversy and sometimes ideological pinning (both pro-gay and anti-gay, for example). None of this does justice to the writing, acting, direction, music, and design of this film.
This blog aims to be a community — always welcoming contributions, provided they are thoughtful and not ideological — looking at The Love of Siam.