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ทวิภพ
ทวิภพ

Year: 1990

Thai title: ทวิภพ
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director: Cherd Songsri

Main actor: Chatchai Plengpanich
Main actress: Metta Roongrat

Mainee always dreams about a man from the past time. She buys an old mirror from Rama V (รัชกาลที่ 5) era. She has a fiance, who is officer. She identifies that the man from the past time is Khun Luang (คุณหลวง) Thet, who was involved in negotiation with French officials last century, when French soldiers tried to take away some Thai territories. She has visions. The old mirror becomes a bridge between the past and the present (กลับเวลาไปสู้อดีต). Her fiance is in competition with somebody from the past. Mainee navigates between the past and present. Love emerges between Mainee and Khun Thet. The movie highlights old traditions that have almost disappeared (children sitting below adults, no singing - ผู้ดีไม่ร้อง, No black clothes except for funerals - แต่งดำใครตาย, dress appropriately - ชุดสั้น, pray before sleeping - สวด). She is an human from future (มนุษย์จากอนาคต). As usual with director Cherd Songsri, there is a strong focus on culture with shown representations from the Thailand cultural Centre. Mainee keeps staying in her room. All her relatives are puzzled because she often disappeared (ไปในอดีตมา). They believe she is becoming crazy. Khun Thet goes to a meeting with French representatives to show them that Thai culture is deep and old. A French general believes that Thai people are uneducated. Mainee needs to choose between present or past. Mainee keeps giving advices to prevent Thailand becoming a French or English colony. The mirror is damaged. She decided to marry with Khun Thet but she misses her mum. Despite the damaged mirror she takes the risk to come back a last time to see her mum. Then she decides to stay in the past as it is more useful for the Thai Nation (ประโยชน์สำหรับชาติ). The mirror is broken. This movie mixes romance, Thai culture and Thai real history.

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