Centered on an Instagram-preoccupied 26-year-old whose reunion with high-school friends triggers second thoughts about her impending marriage, SNAP represents another impressive achievement by leading indie writer-director Kongdej Jaturanrasamee (TANG WONG). Setting his tale against the backdrop of Thailand’s 2014 military coup, Jaturanrasamee has fashioned an absorbing study of young locals grappling with personal identity in an atmosphere of political instability and social disharmony.
Pueng, daughter of a military colonel, has planned to marry Mann, a young lieutenant with a promising future. On the day Martial Law is announced, she receives a wedding invitation from a high school friend back in her hometown. Upon her return to Chanthaburi, Pueng is reunited with her old friends and encounters Boy, her first love in high school. The unresolved feelings between Pueng and Boy resurface as they relive the old memories of their youthful days.
A romantic drama that explores the woes of Thai millennials, SNAP plays out like a Shunji Iwai film, with evocative direction and naturalistic acting especially when old classmates reunite, and the feelings of “what could have been” flood through the story like a raging river. This is a story about generational nostalgia invaded by technology and politics. The result is an important work that lingers both in the mind and heart.
The Asian Cinerama is co-organized by the Asian Film Awards Academy and the Hawaii International Film Festival and is financially supported by Create Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Film Development Fund of the Hong Kong SAR Government.
The encore screening of this film at Hawaii Pacific University is FREE to the public and un-ticketed.