aka Dek Hor (Original Title)
111 min., 2006
Written by Vanridee Pongsittisak/Songyos Sugmakanan/Chonlada Tiaosuwan
Directed by Songyos Sugmakanan
My rating: ★★
A coming of age story, with ghosts.
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Little Ton (Charlie Trairat) is going into the 7th grade, but he is going to a new school named Saichon Witaya, which is a boarding school. He is being sent there because his father (Suttipong Tudpitakkul) wants him to go to a better school, but Ton thinks there is a different reason. He gets there and meets Miss Pranee (Chintara Sukapatana) who is the dorm head master and she seems to be a little off. We next meet a group of kids, Peng (Jirat Sukchaloen), who is the leader of the group, Doc Nui (Thanabodin Sukserisup), Pok (Pakasit Pantural), Sarote and Toei. They start by telling Ton all about the ghosts that are haunting the dorm and then they start to play some pranks on him. Friends or foes? Next Ton meets a kid named Vichien (Sirachuch Chienthaworn) who he starts to get along with and actually starts feeling like he has a friend. Then while watching a movie, we find out that Vichien might not actually be what he seems.
Now the acting is great. You have a bunch of kids acting like…kids (holy shit big surprise!) They are not kids who are spiting out lines that are meant for adults; they are kids who talk and act like kids (it’s about time). Taking that into account all the kids play their parts fluidly, with all dialogue spoken with complete believability. The adults, with the exception of Chintara Sukapatana, are not as good as the kids, but they do pretty well. Now, Chintara Sukapatana is on the same level as the kids with believability, and she is great moving from kinda creepy to caring mother type with complete ease.
Now this is really on the border with horror. There are elements of horror during the first half, but the movie as a whole is more a coming of age story. Does that make it bad? Not at all! It’s just not for most horror fans, as there is no gore and very few scares. The story is more about a kid that’s lonely and—SPOILER—finds a friend in a ghost, and that he has to come to terms with what went on in his past with his father. So it’s more a story of bonding and friendship than anything else, but it is great. As horror I’d give it a 1, but as an overall movie, it is definitely a 4, so watch it if you can.Have You Read...?