Memory (เมมโมรี่ รักหลอน), a thriller starring Ananda Everingham and Mai Charoenpura, opened in Thailand's cinemas today.
The trailer gives it the appearance of a sexy, slick, psychological thriller with possibly some ghostly goings on.
Ananda portrays Krit, a married psychiatrist in Chiang Mai who is tasked with looking in on Phrae, a troubled little girl who is showing signs of abuse. Her mother, Ing-orn (Mai), is apparently at a loss to explain the bruises on the 7-year-old girl's body.
As he becomes involved with the case, Dr. Krit finds himself falling for the motherly charms of Ing-orn. But watch out, the lady keeps a straight razor.
Mai looks to be trading heavily on her role as the villainess in Suriyothai, for which she garnered much acclaim. The over-the-top, screen-chewing, nostril-flaring, soap-opera style suited the historical epic's theatrical pageantry, but more subtlety might be in order for a psychological thriller in a contemporary setting. It'll be interesting to see how this plays out.
Memory is one of at least five, no make that six, no make that seven films Ananda is featured in this year.
I was a bit concerned that AG Entertainment, the production company for Memory, might not include English subtitles with this film. Their most recent previous release, the bratty Buddhist kids' comedy Orahun Summer, was released without subtitles. In checking Movieseer last night, the early listings had the film with no subtitles but updates to the site's listings say they are available, as does the schedule at Paragon Cineplex, so I'll be checking this out.