Nong hak [Dearest Sister] (2016)

Nong hak
Director: Mattie Do
Writer: Christopher Larsen
Cast: Amphaiphun PhommapunyaVilouna PhetmanyTambet Tuisk
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 4.5.2017
[Review by cornholio.]

Nok (Amphaiphun Phommapunya) travels to Vientiane, the Lao capital, to be with her sister Ana (Vilouna Phetmany) who recently turned blind and needs help. Nok, who so far has lived in a small village in relative poverty, is impressed by the rich lifestyle of her sister, who married the white, shady businessman Jakob (Tambet Tuisk). The relationship between the sisters is contentious, and Nok tries to use her new position mostly for her own gain, even at the cost of others. But it appears that Ana is still able to see something – only what she sees may not be exactly on this plane of reality.

Dearest Sister (which I actually crowdfunded, so it was a double pleasure to see it in cinemas here) was engaging throughout, although I did have a couple of issues with it and it didn’t quite blow me away. Still, it was a good watch.

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