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      Soi Cowboy

      2008 2h 57m Drama List
      50% Tomatometer 10 Reviews 50% Audience Score 50+ Ratings A Thai woman tries to avoid working in the red-light district of Bangkok and seeks some security by living with a European man. Read More Read Less

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      Derek Malcolm London Evening Standard It mostly maintains an artful minimalism you will either find subtle or terminally boring. Rated: 2/5 Jun 16, 2009 Full Review David Jenkins Time Out Here is an artist who has gone back to the drawing board and pared down his act to deliver a stark and complex humanist message with technical brio and a broad knowledge of cinema, demonstrating real poise and originality. Rated: 4/5 Jun 12, 2009 Full Review Wendy Ide Times (UK) Soi Cowboy, confirms Thomas Clay's arthouse cine-literacy but suggests that he might not know what to do with all the movie references that he spreads liberally through his work. Rated: 2/5 Jun 12, 2009 Full Review Amber Wilkinson Eye for Film Clay doesn't want for ideas but his symbolism is in grave danger of smothering the story Rated: 3/5 Jun 18, 2009 Full Review Edward Porter Sunday Times (UK) There is skill, thoughtfulness and chutzpah here, but not enough to create the sort of mesmeric power that a film of this kind needs. Rated: 2/5 Jun 16, 2009 Full Review Jason Solomons Observer (UK) This wilful obscurantism comes across merely as a pose, an undergraduate homage to both Antonioni and Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Jun 16, 2009 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member I'd tell you the plot, but i'm not sure this film has one. The first 15 minutes are bizarre. Essentially you get to see a hefty man in Thailand have a shower, dry himself off then eat some toast. This sets itself up as some Warhol obsessed students graduation piece. And i'm sure this film is trying to take a leaf out of David Lynch's playbook, but doesn't have the supernatural elements or trust in the method that make the Lynchian universe somehow work. This really is on oddity with no discernible script or narrative, and it's not as deep as it'd like to be. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Audience Member Not some gaudy, sleazy tale of excess set in Bangkok's notorious red light district, this is a decidly arthouse project focussing on the relationship between a fat Danish writer and his pregnant Thai girlfriend - shot in deliberately long takes, in B&W and with minimal dialogue. And then, 80mins later, it shifts Lynchian style into colour, focussing on the girl's gangster brother. Directed by Brit Thomas Clay, it's certainly different to most Thai cinema and is a bold, thought provoking feature. It will alienate many for sure, but I found it strangely hypnotic. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member Quite possibly the worst film i've seen...and i've seen Don't touch the axe! Truly painful! Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Audience Member Calm viewing, slow minimalism with a little Lynchian burst. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Mike M An obscenely tedious film: there's even a bit where Clay trains his camera on a businessman having a mobile phone conversation on a train ("I'm sorry about that, we got cut off; I'm on a train") for a full ten minutes - annoying enough in real life, let alone having to pay to see it reenacted. "The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael" at least took some care to set out its debatable thesis, but this is full of feints and ellipses - the final hour morphs into an altogether different movie, less "Tropical Malady" than a low-grade fever - that would leave you wondering, if you were still awake, what Clay was trying to say in the first place. Pity the poor fat white men Thai women don't enjoy having sex with? Bangkok is a place where some suffer for the pleasures of others? Stumped, I turned to the press notes, to find Clay in full voice: "The second part begins with a quasi-docu naturalism, but the picture is then transformed through a sieve of genre familiarity, narrative into fable, character into archetype, all moving inexorably towards a point where stasis is achieved, when the camera returns to the dolly and these have ceased to be characters at all, just as the narrative has drifted away in a puff of gunsmoke and we are left with only essence." Having encountered more than my fair share of pretentious film students in my time, and with a sudden and urgent need to track down the sieve of genre familiarity (where to, guv - Mordor or IKEA?), I'm simply calling "bollocks" on this. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 06/02/09 Full Review Audience Member Good drama, smart game with the audience, but somehow too over calculating. Anyway I don't trust creators relating those stories together. Brothers does not kill each other because of a fat man seems to be out of love. Yes, Thai girls should to be mercenary, European men are bumpkins, but our world is more complex, there is the deeper space for love between them. P.S. That was my yesterday mistake. This day morning I catch the reference between two stories. Bravo! It’s ideal gaming with drones like me. But I still fill that I don't trust the movie: Toby can’t imagine such natural "work in the field" scene in his narratives. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Movie Info

      Synopsis A Thai woman tries to avoid working in the red-light district of Bangkok and seeks some security by living with a European man.
      Director
      Thomas Clay
      Producer
      Joseph Lang, Tom Waller
      Screenwriter
      Thomas Clay
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Runtime
      2h 57m