Irish Film Institute -MARY IS HAPPY, MARY IS HAPPY


Director: Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit

127 minutes, Thailand, 2013, Subtitled, Colour, D-Cinema

This film is closing on Thursday, November 27th. 


There have been a number of films which have attempted to address the effect social media has had on people’s lives and the way we communicate in the modern world, but in creating a work based on 410 consecutive Twitter updates from the account @marylony, Thai filmmaker Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit can claim to have made something groundbreaking and unique. It is an affecting and distinctive portrait of youth which focuses on Mary (Patcha Poonpiriya), an active, free-spirited teenager.

She spends most of her time hanging out with her best pal Suri (Chonnikan Netjui), carries a crush for a boy known as M (Vasuphon Kriangprapakit), and has curious episodes such as a desire to order a jellyfish online or a fleeting flight of fancy that sees her in Paris. Her biggest responsibility is editing her school’s graduation yearbook, and that is something she takes very seriously. (Notes by Michael Hayden.)

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★★★★ The Guardian ★★★★The Irish Times

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