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Year: 2009

Thai title: สวรรค์บ้านนา
English title: Agrarian Utopia

Rating: 5/5
Director: Uruphong Raksasad

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Thai movie สวรรค์บ้านนา / Agrarian Utopia was released in year 2009 and lasts 2 hours. The movie takes place in North of Thailand. Northern language is used. The movie director is Uruphong Raksasad. The movie got multiple awards such as 2009 Asia Pacific Screen Awards, NETPAC Special Mention Award... This movie has also been registered as National Heritage per the 2012 list released by the Thai Film Archive. The movie picture is great such as beautiful colorful skies featured in numerous sequences. Two farmers families are featured. The movie shows their life. The farmers listen to a political meeting but are doubtful that politicians can understand their issues and help them. The farmers still use buffalo to prepare rice fields. Kids are playing in ponds and are even riding buffalo. Rice growing periods are shown. Various ways to find food from the surrounding nature are shown through hunt for birds, hunt for frogs, mushroom collection, getting fishes from river, catching big mouse for barbecue, ants eggs, honey from bees, hunting with rifle. Hand harvest is still happening in this area and villagers are helping each other. Rice is put in bags and sold to cooperative. One father wishes his son to work for government as such job offers regular salary. Farmers family are poor family. There is no money to buy games for the son and it is better to use it for studies. The father is not willing to go to Bangkok to work in factory. Animism is strongly present as offerings to local spirit do occur. One villager is living a natural and utopia life. He doesn't want to marry another time as he knows a new wife wouldn't accept such simple life. He wants to be close to the nature. Another rice harvest cycle starts again. Heat, heavy rain, storms are part of farmers’ life. Farmers must work hard every day. One of the farmers must sell his land as he needs money. The utopia farmer invites him to share his land as he has no time to take care of it by himself. No need to pay rent but need to harvest by following natural ways. The farmer finally refuses as it will be too troublesome to work with the utopia farmer (ผีบ้าน). It is not realistic when you have a whole family to feed. So, he considers going now to Bangkok as he has no longer any choice. Life is no longer heaven in สวรรค์บ้านนา. His wife has also to work on small construction sites as only doing agricultural job is not enough to survive. The movie ends up with the farmer arriving in Bangkok...

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