Bernard Sinai

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Jan Dara (2001)

This film is told as a narrative and explores the customs, taboos and traditions that many societies bare. As we get deeper into the film, we begin to understand the pressures Jan is faced with and consequences of his actions.
Jan Dara poster

This Thai film tells the story of a young boy named Jan whose mother dies in childbirth. The boy’s ‘father’ seems to hold a very strong hatred for the child and does not pass an opportunity to mistreat him. As he becomes of age, he starts to learn about life and sexuality. His view of sex becomes more like a sport. And as he continues his life he starts to become more and more like the person he despises the most – his ‘father’.

In the end as he begins to understand his origins, we also understand why his ‘father’ hates him so much and why his aunt Waad seems to love him as he were her own.

Overall, this film is a dark melodrama filled with high sexual tension, depravity and moral decay and is definitely not for the conservative and religious zealots.

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