Malila: The Farewell Flower
Former lovers, Pitch and Shane, reunite to rekindle their relationship and heal the pain of their lives through Buddhist spiritualism and the traditional art of Thai Bai Sri: a meditative practice of arranging banana leaves and jasmine flowers. When Shane finds out that Pitch is dying, in his grief he decides to be a monk for the rest of his life.
A far cry from fast-paced Western filmmaking, director Anucha Boonyawatana never hurries; there are no narrative short cuts, no montages, no abrupt fades or dissolves. From the tender love scenes, to the delicate action of threading white jasmine, to death itself—all is shown with unflinching detail. Boonyawatana’s debut feature The Blue Hour screened at VQFF 2015. Malila: The Farewell Flower earned her the prize for Best Director in the 2017 Singapore International Film Festival and two Asian Film Awards in 2018.
Content Advisory: graphic images of a human corpse.
This film is unrated and shown in Thai with English subtitles.