Last night I watched the Thai film “Last Life in the Universe” – Pen-Ek Ratanaruang’s languorously beautiful tale of love’s powerful ability to quietly rescue a dry and aching spirit. The film explores serious themes of love, loss, and human longing for a life worth living deftly – with subtle wit and honesty, which plays out in one slow sweetly awkward song.
Two lost and hurting souls, Kenji & Noi, meet under dramatic circumstances, falling together in friendship and being too weary – allow themselves there to remain. Seeming in some respects to be polar opposites, there is in fact a still point in which they meet in total connection and acceptance. For comedic effect add in Kenji’s gangster brother, and Kenji’s ineptitude to pull the figurative and literal trigger on numerous suicide attempts. Another rather unusual aspect of the film is it’s three spoken languages as Noi is Thai, Kenji is Japanese and they both speak English. A unique film, well worth the time.