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Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 6:30pm
Center for Korean Studies Building

Thailand (2007, 90 min)

Directors: Banjong Pisanthanakun, Parkpoom Wongpoom
Screenplay: Aummaraporn Phandintong, Banjong Pisanthanakun,
Sopon Sukdapisit, and Parkpoom Wongpoom
Music: Chatchai Pongprapaphan
Cinematography: Niramon Ross
Cast: Marsha Wattanapanich (as Pim / Ploy), Vittaya Wasukraipaisan (as Vee),
Rachanu Boonchuduang (as Pim and Ploy’s Mother), Hatairat Egereff (as Pim – age 15),
Rutairat Egereff (as Ploy – age 15)

ALONE is a tale about conjoined twins, or, if you prefer, Siamese twins, after history’s most famous conjoined brothers, Chang and Eng. And indeed, the brothers, originally from Samut Songkhram, are referenced in this dark tale.

In a killer performance, Marsha Wattanapanich portrays Pim, a Thai woman who’s happily married and living in South Korea with her architect husband, Wee, also Thai, and their pet beagle, Lucky. On her birthday, a call comes in from Thailand. Seems Pim’s mother has had a stroke and is in the hospital. So Pim must return home. Wee and the dog accompany her.

The trip back home brings a rush of memories for Pim. And in a creepy, old wooden Thai colonial-style mansion, she is just not comfortable. Adding to the creepiness is Pim’s mother’s shy maid, who refuses to stay in the house. The flashbacks to Pim’s childhood are bittersweet, showing the repressive bond she had with her conjoined twin sister, Ploy, who apparently died after the twins were separated….or were they? Queue the creepy music here…

ALONE is a slick, self-assured thriller brought to you by directors Banjong Pisanthanakun and Parkpoom Wongpoom, the horror duo that made the smash-hit chiller SHUTTER back in 2004.

-Wise Kwai, thaifilmjournal

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