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Directed by Sompot Chidgasornpongse

Thailand 2016 102 mins. In Thai

Eight years in the making, longtime Apichatpong Weerasethakul collaborator Chidgasornpongse’s debut regards Thai society through the somewhat unlikely lens of the railcar. Riding through stunningly beautiful countryside and cities, the film examines the entire train from perspectives of both class and time. What emerges is a vital portrait of a country at a crossroads, hurtling through history and trying to find its footing in a world gone global. “It’s a delight to alternately admire the gorgeous scenery and observe the manifold people and activities that unfold in front of, and seemingly oblivious to, the camera: vendors selling items and foods of all types (fermented pork, anyone?), rambunctious children on a school trip, soldiers carrying guns, groups of women wearing hijabs, saffron-robed monks, commuters, foreign backpackers, and countless more.”—Giovanni Marchini Camia, MUBI Notebook.

Genres: Documentary

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