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Handle Me With Care

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"Sweet and surprising... a sympathetic look at a character who would normally be considered a narrative freak" - Kozo, LOVEHKFILM.COM

Credits

Director: Kongdej Jaturanrasamee
Screenplay: Kongdej Jaturanrasamee
Cast: Kiatkamol Latha, Supaksorn Chaimongkol
Producers: Jira Maligool, Yongyoot Thongkongtoon, Chenchonnee Soonthornsaratul, Chanajai Thonsaithong
Distributor: GMM Tai Hub

Description

“When I’m with you, I never know which hand to hold.” Get set for a Thai romantic comedy unlike any you’ve seen before, not least because its main character happens to have three arms! Kwan is a loser at love. The fact he was born with two left arms makes him a curiosity to women, but too much difference proves unwelcome and girlfriends invariably leave. He fills his days with work, sorting mail at the post office. One day, Kwan gets dumped by the latest in a line of ex-girlfriends, then learns the horrible news that his tailor since childhood, a man who has always been there to design special three-sleeved shirts for him, has died. Kwan is fed up. He sets off on a journey to Bangkok to take a doctor up on a charitable offer of free amputation. It’s on this journey that he crosses paths with Na, a cute young girl who’s also been dealt multiple doses of alienation in life, and whose distinctive looks have forced her to deal with as many thoughtless preconceptions as Kwan’s have. Kwan’s travels may lead to even bigger changes than he was hoping for.

Written and directed by Kongdej Jaturanrasamee (MIDNIGHT MY LOVE), best known in these parts as the screenwriter of the Tony Jaa vehicle TOM YUM GOONG/THE PROTECTOR, HANDLE ME WITH CARE is yet another example of what makes the better visions of Thai cinema so unique in a commercial landscape of sameness. It works the outrageous into something that gradually begins to feel like the everyday, eschewing the louder kookiness that you might expect in favour of something understated and sweet. And still kooky! A neat aside: star Kiatkamol Latha is a popular singer from Thailand’s AMERICAN IDOL-like ACADEMY FANTASIA (we love the name) and HANDLE ME is his big-screen debut. Talk about an unconventional choice! The third-arm effects are ingeniously executed, never relying on optical or digital work. Instead, careful staging, blocking and extraordinary coordination between Latha and a second off-camera performer are used to perfection.

—Mitch Davis