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กาลครั้งหนึ่ง เมื่อเช้านี้
กาลครั้งหนึ่ง เมื่อเช้านี้

Year: 1994

Thai title: กาลครั้งหนึ่ง เมื่อเช้านี้
English title: Once upon a time... This morning

Rating: 5/5
Director: Bandit Ritthakol

Main actor: Santisuk Promsiri,Charlie Trairattana
Main actress: Jintara Sookkapat

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Nipha and Rong have three children, i.e. a teenage girl (Oh), a seven years old boy (Onn) and a young baby. They move to a new home but rapidly the children understand that they move with the mother and that their father is staying behind. Nipha and Rong are divorcing. The children are not happy to leave the father. The movie shows the divorce seen from the children's point of view and its impact on children. The children react badly when a new man tries to seduce their mother (ชู้). Nipha tries to eliminate all traces from their father's influence (games...). She has a busy schedule and uses a nursery to keep the baby. Oh and Onn decide to flee in order to live with the father. Meanwhile some young drug dealers chased by the police hide some drugs inside the baby cradle. Oh, unaware, takes the baby with the drug inside the cradle. They reach the father's home but he is not living there anymore. He has moved to Chiang Mai. Some homeless teens are used as drug traffickers by the local mafia. The teens need to get the drug back as the mafia head is very unhappy. Noklae is the teen group leader. Oh, Onn and the baby take the train to Chiang Mai. They alert their father through pager message (no mobile phone in 1994!). The mafia follows up also to Chiang Mai as one of the teen, Noklae, recognizes the cradle in Hualongpong train station. They miss each other at Lopburi. Next stop is at Lampang. Nipha drives up to Lampang and Rong also. Finally at Lampang, the mafia kidnaps the three kids to get back the drug. Nipha and Rong cannot prevent the kidnaping in time. The drug is destroyed as the baby had peeed on it. The mafia decides to sell Oh, the thirteen years girl, 30 000 baht to a whorehouse and to sell the baby to an illegal adoption centre in order to get back their initial drug investment. They abandon Onn as they have no interest in him. They also throw away Noklae as he was trying to protect Oh. All are back in Bangkok. The mamasan tries to force Oh and wishes to be called mother (แม่) but she only gets called witch (แม่มด). Noklae is taking care of Onn and decides to help Oh. Oh succeed to flee thanks to Noklae's help. They also succeed to get the baby back also but are finally captured by the mafia. To fend a customer, Oh has to cause a fire in the whorehouse. Noklae's friends inform Rong. The mafia and whorehouse members are arrested by the police. Nipha, Rong and the three children are reunited as a family. Noklae is put in a correction centre but finally escapes hopefully for a better life. This movie was 1995 Thailand oscar submission.

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