The thought-provoking feature debut from Sivaroj Kongsakul, Eternity, is a beautifully crafted drama about love, loss, and the memories that endure after death.
The film unfolds in three interwoven chapters of a tale. It begins with a man, alone on a motorcycle, travelling through the Thai countryside. Wit (Wanlop Rungkamjad) is a ghost on a quest to retrace the footsteps of his life. As Wit recalls his life, he reflects on falling in love with a young woman named Koi (Namfon Udomlertlak), his future wife. Koi, a teacher who is reluctant to move to the countryside, ultimately returns Wit’s love and marries him. In time, Koi is a middle-aged widow, supporting her children after the death of her husband, as she searches for the strength to carry on.
As a tribute to his father who passed away when he was a child, Kongsakul has crafted a stunning drama. Inspired by the Thai belief that souls of the dead return to the place they once cherished in life, he tells a heartfelt tale of love and remembrance. Cinematographer Umpornpol Yugala, who also shot Wonderful Town (2008), contributes stunning scenes using expansive camerawork with rich detail. Eternity is an inspiring film that is motivated by deeply personal emotions, but also makes a poignant connection with any audience. It has won numerous awards, including the prestigious Tiger Award at the International Film Festival Rotterdam.
– Vicci Ho