DIRECTOR: KIRSTEN TAN
THAILAND / 2017
THURSDAY 4:3OPM / CINEMA 1
RUNNING TIME: 104 MINS
The thinking person’s feel-good film of the summer
This unique road trip film from Thailand was the Opening Night feature at Sundance. Discontented middle-aged architect Thana wanders out of his Bangkok office and, as an expression of midlife angst, buys an elephant he’s convinced is his long-lost childhood pet, Pop Aye. Itching to upend his too-comfortable existence, he sets off on foot with Pop Aye for a visit to the home of his uncle. Thana’s journey is less about where he’s going than what he’s leaving behind. On his hilarious road trip, Thana learns that here aren’t many places in modern society where an elephant fits comfortably.