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Five Flavours add "Samui Song" to their theatrical distribution

16 January 2019
"Samui Song" dir. Pen-ek Ratanaruang

A brilliant psychological drama about cruel bonds, dark sexuality and misguided spiritual quest.

Viyada is a thirty-year-old actress of popular soap operas, specializing in the roles of villains. Her private life is more and more reminiscent of a film intrigue: she’s married to a rich foreigner, an unfulfilled sculptor, who’s getting more and more devoted to a religious movement guided by a rigid spiritual leader. Viyada has no other choice than to take the most drastic measures in order to get out of the increasingly oppressive situation.

A brilliantly conducted, tense narration leads the viewer into a psychological drama with a Freudian flair. The director does not hide Hitchcockian inspirations, but his story about dark sexuality, the roles performed even in the closest relationships and about institutions profiting from the spiritual confusion turns out to be very contemporary and universal. Stylish cinematography and cold colours contrast with the bursting emotions hidden beneath the glossy surface, ready to explode.

Polisg premiere: 25 January 2019

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