Thai title: ดอกฟ้าในมือมาร
English title: Mysterious Object at Noon
Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
It is a Thai independent experimental documentary film directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul. It is shot in black and white. It narrates the life of an Isan teacher called Dok Fa. Her father has ear problems and is paraplegic. She doesn't have enough money to cure him. A strange scar appears on her neck. While teaching a crippled kid, she faints. A mysterious round object is found close to her. A kid is inside the object. Dok Fa is dead. The mysterious kid transforms himself into the teacher. As Dok Fa is back to life, there are now two teachers. The story is disjointed. There is indirect narration through various people and also Molam (หมอลำ) song. Everybody has their own bits of the story. We never know it is true or not. A Thai boxing event is organized to raise money to cure Dok Fa's neck scar. Then various themes are raised (respect of others difference, politics : a war is ended and advantage to American business is given. There is opposition from Thai people promoting "Thai buy Thai" - reference to slogan ไทยช่วยไทย after 1997 economic crisis). It was shot in 1998 in South and Northeast of Thailand. The Culture Ministry registers 25 Thai classic films each year at the National Film Heritage Registry. This movie is part of the 25 films heritage list announced on 04 October 2014, which is Thai Movies Conservation Day.
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