Midnight My Love (Cherm)
This article is from 2006.
(Kongdei Jaturanrasmee, Thailand, 2005) 93min
The story of a lonely taxi driver falling in love with a lady of the night he ferries round is hardly new coinage, but in this Thai feature, director Kongdej Jaturanrasmee keeps the sentimental indulgence down low. Bati (Petchtai Wongkamlao) is the cabman who listens to old-fashioned Asian ballads and fantasises about being a character in a radio melodrama. He rejects the mobile phones and dance music of his customers and fellow drivers; instead he inhabits the night and calls the streets his friends. Nual (Woranut Wongsawan) is a high-class prostitute, a regular client of computer tycoon Sia Chain (Siwa Traeseng), who chooses Bati as the man to pick her up from the bathhouse each night. A tentative romance develops, but both hesitate to reveal their feelings. Perhaps Nual worries about her job, or perhaps Bati fears what his passion can wreak. Yet they are both drawn into a melodrama of their own. (Robin Lee)
Cineworld, 623 8030, 23 Aug, 7.30pm, £7.95 (£5.20).