In a Small World (English Subtitled) Reviews

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Terence Gavish

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  • Memory Shopper 10 months ago
    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Very Accurate Depiction of a Bangkok Bar Girl, October 2, 2016
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    This review is from: In a Small World (English Subtitled) (Amazon Video)
    I lived in Thailand for over ten years and I think this is a very non-Hollywood style film. It felt like a documentary in that the characters and setting are very true. In terms of the main female star and her struggles with life, I think it’s the most accurate depiction of the real-world interactions most bar girls have.

    I’m fluent in Thai, which made it more real than the sub-titles. I honestly felt sad and miss home after watching this film… in a manner that I wish I can do something to help my people.

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  • Steve 10 months ago
    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    So why don’t I ever want to shoot myself after a Thai-centered movie?, October 4, 2016
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    First of all, the girl in the picture for this movie on Amazon videos is so cute that I wish she had actually been in the movie.

    I have only seen a few Thai-centered movies, but the ones I have seen so far seem a bit miraculous. If you see a movie from (or about) any other place in the world exploring such dark and seedy situations, then everything eventually starts to seem bleak and pointless and you’re most likely going to end up wanting to shoot yourself by the end of the movie. Unless the situations are sugar-coated in some way by the director/producers, perhaps even tilted toward the comedic somehow, then maybe you can stomach the hopelessness a bit more robustly.

    But Thais don’t seem to operate that way. First, they don’t sugarcoat. It is what is, and if that is how it is, then they show it that way. Second, Thais don’t tend to make a joke out of it — they seem to be pretty serious and straightforward as a tendency.

    So why don’t I ever want to shoot myself after a Thai-centered movie? There is some kind of miraculous and bottomless well of optimism that somehow accompanies the darkness and seediness portrayed in all the Thai-centered movies I have seen, and this bottomless optimism overwhelms the darkest and seediest plots and situations that can possibly occur. Nobody ever says anything about it outright. Nobody says “No matter how dark things get, we won’t let it get us down.” They just don’t let it get them down, and you can actually feel that optimism pouring through the camera lens like fire hydrant water, without anyone ever actually explaining anything.

    In a small world is no exception to the Thai-centered movies I have seen so far, except there is a stronger element of humor going on.

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