The Forest 2016
1h 49min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror | 9 March 2016 (USA)
A new teacher arrives at a small village in rural Thailand. He has just left the monkhood and has taken a job at the local school in a quest to discover life outside the monastery. He finds that one of his pupils is a mute girl who is being bullied by the other children in the class. Both the teacher and the girl must face the challenges and cruelties of the real world. The girl retreats into a fantasy world, finding solace in the forest with a strange wild boy. The teacher struggles to bring her back, whilst at the same time himself questioning the world of reality. The worlds of fantasy and reality clash with tragic consequences.
full disclosure: I am an exec producer of the film
That said, I only saw a full cut of the film at Bucheon, where we took the Netpac award.
It’s a slow, detailed study of life in a small corner of rural Thailand’s Esaarn, which is about as far off the map as you can get in Thailand.
And there are ghosts.
And there is blood.
I won’t give away any more than that, other than to say that it’s a very, very easy picture to watch.
Director: Paul Spurrier
Writer: Paul Spurrier
Stars: Tanapol Kamkunkam, Thidarat Kongkaew, Natpatson Lhakkum
Release Date: 9 March 2016 (USA)