Thai title: มนต์เรียกผัว
English title: The Spell
Main actor: Sombat Methanee,Prachuap Ruekyamdee,Somsak Chaisongkram,Somchai Samipak
Main actress: Naiyana Shewanan,Mayurachath Muarnprasitivej,Sirikwan Nanthasiri,Sulaleewan Suwanthat,Phong Lada Pimolpan
Thai movie มนต์เรียกผัว was released in year 1976 and lasts 2h16mn. It is a Five Star Production and a remastered version was released in mid-decade 2010s. Previously it was released under VCD format by Solar company (2h12mn). Movie director is ชุติมา สุวรรณรัตน์. This is a romantic family drama movie putting focus on couple life. Plak (Mayurachath Muarnprasitivej) doesn't trust her husband Cheut (รักงาน) as he is working always late having meetings with Somchai Samipak and manager Sak (Prachuap Ruekyamdee). Ram (Somsak Chaisongkram) and aspiring model Rose (Sirikwan Nanthasiri) have a relation. Ram promises to visit her parents to officialise their relationship. Plak remains very upset as for his job, Cheut (Sombat Methanee) has to meet models. She believes he is having affairs, but she cannot catch him. It makes Cheut’s life miserable and they often quarrel. Cheut is drunk one night and meets waitress Deuan (Naiyana Shewanan). On the following day, she is aggressed and raped by two ruffians. It is a strong scene and probably one of the first movies where the main actor is unable to help the main actress. Another movie was Thon (โทน) where Chaiya is unable to help Aranya on time. It was a new trend from 1970s movies being more realistic than previous decades. Deuan's mother is played by Sulaleewan Suwanthat. Plak’s mother is played by Phong Lada Pimolpan. Rose is pregnant with Ram but he refuses to take responsibility of the baby (คนใจสัตว์) and hits her. He forces Rose to trick Cheut in order to accuse him about the pregnancy. Another day, the ruffians threaten Deuan again but Cheut and Prachuap are luckily there. They help Deuan and a fight occurs with ruffians. Cheut brings back Deuan home. Deuan's mother takes care of eight poor children and raises them so Deuan's work is important to have money for all expenses. There are children from poor prostitutes, who cannot raise them. Cheut finds a job for Deuan in Sak's company in order to work daytime instead of nightime. Plak brings trouble to Deuan so she wishes to change job. Cheut wants to have a child but Plak keeps eating birth control pills. Deuan continues to bring troubles at Cheut’s office. He gets closer to Deuan as she has everything he wishes Plak had. By hazard, Plak is present in a shop where Sak buys dresses for Deuan on behalf of Cheut. Sak organises a meeting between the two ladies to ease the tension. Deuan acknowledges she loves Cheut but gets pity from him (ความสงสาร) and not real love (ความรัก). She doesn't wish to break his marriage and mentions that Plak is a bad wife not taking care properly of his husband. Plak wants to take revenge over Cheut and goes out with Ram. Ram brings Plak to a short time hotel. He tries to abuse her but hopefully Sak, passing by, helps her. The next day, Cheut gives a lesson to Ram in a bowling alley but Ram promises to get revenge. Deuan visits a doctor and finds she is pregnant with Cheut. She has a worrying heart disease. The doctor warns she could lose her life by giving birth. But she is willing to take the risk as she knows Cheut wishes a child and she wishes to thank him for all his kindness towards her family. Plak changes her behavior and tries to be a good wife caring about her husband. On the opposite side, Cheut becomes harsher. Plak feels that Cheut changed a lot and that his love has moved to another woman. Cheut comes back home very late even on her birthday. Plak is at hospital and Cheut takes care about Deuan being sick. Ram tricks Cheut by mentioning to Rose's brother that he is one who refused to take responsibility. Cheut is kidnapped while going to Deuan's home to bring her for child delivery. Meanwhile Plak prepares to leave home for UK knowing she has lost Cheut due to her continuous jealous behavior. As Cheut is still not coming to bring Deuan to hospital, Deuan calls his home and talks to Plak without being aware. Decided to do a last good thing for Cheut, she brings Deuan to hospital and then goes towards airport. Cheut gets beaten by Rose’s brother but finally Rose confesses Ram is the father. General fighting occurs and Rose shoots Ram going to stab her brother. Cheut arrives at hospital before the delivery. Reading the letter that Plak left for him, he rushes to airport being puzzled by Deuan’s sentence that it is probably the last time they meet. He brings back Plak to hospital mentioning that such hasty departure decision should be discussed with cold heart. A child is born but Deuan has died. Plak promises to take care of all children. This movie highlights the difficulties of life for main wife (เมียกลาง) and mistress (เมียน้อย), their place in society, the choice for the husband between two wives and the way some Thai men can abuse women in Thai society (Deuan feeling ashamed of having been raped and not going to police to fill a complaint, Ram refusing assuming Rose’s pregnancy).
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