Mundane History 2009
Jao nok krajok (original title)
1h 22min | Drama | 13 December 2010 (USA)
Explores the relationship between Ake, a young man who is paralyzed from the waist down after an accident, and Pun, the male nurse who takes care of him, and of course Ake’s father. Ake is at first cold towards his nurse Pun, but as Pun continues to earnestly take care of him he starts to open up his heart through candid conversations. The physical contact with Pun makes him rethink physical desires that he wants to forget. The grudge he held against his father slowly abates. All of this slowly becomes the motivating factor to confirm that he is alive, albeit with physical problems.
If this were a leaf it would lie on the forest floor in perfect stillness. The eyes of insects inspect, blink and swivel away. The leaf has no meaning, only shape. Wind rustles the branches of a tree. The leaf lies quietly, waiting for winter. Is this the end of life, energy’s car crash?
Pun (Arkaney Cherkham) is a male nurse in Bangkok. He has been hired to care for Ake (Phakpoom Surapongsanurak), who has had an accident of some kind. At times, the patient is comatose, as if paralysed. At others, he is polar, throwing things about. Nothing happens. Ake masturbates in the bath. This is the limit of physical activity. Pun is quiet, competent and considerate. He reads a lot.
“Is it possible to live without a past?” Pun asks Ake. “Is it possible to live without a future?” Anocha Suwichakornpong’s film does. And yet somewhere, resting in the folds of its intellectual laundry, is a question about the finite existence of man on earth and nature’s miracle of rebirth.
The leaf is silent. It is beautiful. Soon it will decay. Ake knows. He will lie in his bed far beyond winter, embraced by empty air.
And the audience howls for action.
Director: Anocha Suwichakornpong
Writer: Anocha Suwichakornpong (screenplay)
Stars: Arkaney Cherkam, Paramej Noiam, Anchana Ponpitakthepkij
Release Date: 13 December 2010 (USA)
Also Known As: Mundane History