Synopsis: Elegantly composed, dreamlike and ethereal, Down the River is a stunning little treat from Thailand. Infused with Buddhist theology, the film tells the story of two best friends Krit and Vin. â€œDown the Riverâ€(Tam Sai Nam) depicts Buddhist Philosophy through the old Thai poem style, called â€œNiraadâ€, as it softly conveys the main character's feeling by mixing these with beautiful cinematography. Krit wants their relationship to be more, but Vin wants a wife and children. Vin's brain can't embrace his homosexual side as Krit has. Krit goes to gay bars, Win hangs out with the straight people, but all these two men have on their minds is each other. Krit and Vin love to hike in the woods, and Krit keeps a book where he presses flowers as memories of their walks. With scenes juxtaposed in a non-linear fashion the story, as it is, is of a hike Vin and Krit take with two women. Krit wants this to be an "intimate moment" with Vin, but Vin is still scared. When they do kiss and make love it's as sweet as any lovemaking scene we've seen. With scenes of Buddhist prayer shot in an ancient Thai Temple, there's a feeling that God is watching over these two young men in love. Shot in the forests, fields and Temples of the ancient country of Thailand, Down the River is a gay cinematic treat.
Being obsessed by his long lost love, the young male gay searches for the truth of his love life by taking his boyfriend to 7th tier beautiful cascade. â€œDown the Riverâ€(Tam Sai Nam) depict Buddhist Philosophy through the old Thai poem style, called â€œNiraadâ€, as it softly conveys the main character's feeling by mixing these with beautiful cinematography.
Title: "Down The River" Director: Anucha Boonyawatana Writer: Anucha Boonyawatana Genre: Romance Awards: Vijitmatra Award, The Competition of Thai Short Film & Video Festival, Young Thai Artist Award Grand Prize in Film Category Runtime: 52 min Spoken Language: Thai Subtitles: English Country of Production: Thailand Cast: Prakasit Horwunnapakorn ... Krit Napong Wiriyasomboon ... Vin
Awards & Selections 2004 Vijitmatra Award(Special Mention) :The 8th Thai Short Film & Video Festival 2004 National Winner Kodak Film School Competition (Best Cinematography) 2004 Young Thai Artist Award Grand Prize in Film Category 2005 The 2nd Bangkok International Film Festival 2005 The 10th Hong Kong Independent Short Film & Video Award (Asian New Force programme) 2005 The 3rd Asiana International Short Film Festival, Korea 2005 The 4th Q! Film Festival, Indonesia
Production note Although â€œDown the Riverâ€ is not a political film, as it focus on relationships of a gay couple, but I want to present an idea about â€œthe old Thai way of lifeâ€ that very concern Buddhist teaching of â€œLet It Goâ€. As in this time the old value like this is not make sense for most of the Thai people anymore. I make this film to respect the Buddhist religion for it is the one that never say â€œto be gay is sinâ€
Video Info: Sourc: DVD File Format: AVI Size: 350 MB Codec: Xvid Bitrate: 786 Kbps Resolution: 640x384 Frame rate: 23.976 fps.