Mekong Hotel

Synopsis: Shifting between fact and fiction in a hotel situated along the Mekong River, a film-maker rehearses a movie expressing the bonds between a vampiric mother and daughter.
Genre: Drama
Production: Illuminations Films
  2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
61 min

Did I play it in Spanish,



And as if it were buels too.

How did I play it?

It must be difficult.

Why am I playing this an octave lower ?

Wait a minute.

Damn, I forgot

my own melody.

What to do?

Each t-shirt bears the name "Joe".

I only have a pair of pants, and one jeans.

These loose ones

and these skinny ones.

They make my crotch look nice.

You need to lose weight.

I weighed 174 pounds,

now I weigh 161.

They are cut just

to show it.

Jeans stay tight,

they always do.

I think

you look better in your black t-shirt.

I have many black ones.

That with a dog.

The necked one.

I prefer the disco one.

The silver one.

- This one ?

- Yes.

She said:

"Being a Laotian,

"I think that the floods

in Thailand...

"are the

Emerald Buddha's weapons

"trying to go back to Laos"

Are you okay?

It 's disgusting.

What happened to him?

It seems he has been eaten

by a ghost, a pob.

- Is it your dog ?

- Yes.

Its interior has been devoured

like in a outdoor projected movie,

in a temple.

A pob is a female ghost.


He lived with me

since he was two months.

Poor beast.

Yesterday we were still together.

- Oh yes?

- I played with him.

How'd you get in?

I live right here.

- At Aunt Jen's place?

- Yes.

The house with the green roof.

Why bury him here?

It is my home.

The bananas plantation.

And you came in...

I've never seen you before.

But I saw you.

I only know Aunt Jen,

no one else.

- You are ?

- Phon. And you ?


So Aunt Jen has a daughter.

I'll come and say hello,

next time.

All right.

Poor dog.

Have you heard about the

ghosts, pobs?

Yes, but I did not know that

our village had one.

Aunt Jen told me

that pobs eat

humans beings and livestock.

They eat humans ?

That's what I have heard.

But I'm not sure.

Uncle Maan told me the same.

Do you know him?

I know him.

Be careful.

It's frightful.

Have I already asked your name ?


What a memory!

I am Phon.

I am Tong.

You can forget my name

but you cannot forget my face.

And I know where you live.

My wandering soul has been condemned

to remain under water.

It was dark and cold.

I did not know to be

a ghost, a pob.

My daughter, I am so sorry.

I am so sorry.

I know,

I am not a human being.

But I could not tell you.

I was ashamed.

Please forgive me.

You're beautiful today.

Are you swimming today ?

No. The current is too strong.

Would you come with me?

No, I cannot swim.

You can hold on to my back.

This scares me even more.

Have you received a text message this morning?


By whom ?

At the beginning

I did not know, but ...

It could only be you,

there is no one else.

Really ? From no one else ?

Who else ?

- Do you believe me ?

- No.

Your t-shirt is beautiful.

You bought it, remember ?

Of course I remember.

Shall we ?

All right.

- Watch out.

- Wait a minute.

What's this vase on the floor?

It's to imprison

the spirit of the pob.


she ate my dog.


Has the vase been blessed?

Yes, by a monk.

But it has to be blessed again.

They worship the princess.

This one here, not the other ones.

They hang her image

everywhere on the street.

They say

she saves them all.

She receives many gifts.

She gives a lot of herself.

not like the others.

- Have you already seen her ?

- No.

I was not there

when she came.

What she has visited?

Our village.

Why ?

She came to see

how its people were.

- An excursion.

- Yes, somehow.

To oversee the economic

self-sufficiency program.

"Repeats Guitar

second day - Hotel Thai-Lao ".

We do not grow any legumes,

nothing like that.

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Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Apichatpong "Joe" Weerasethakul (born July 16, 1970) is a Thai independent film director, screenwriter, and film producer. His feature films include Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, winner of the prestigious 2010 Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or prize; Tropical Malady, which won a jury prize at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival; Blissfully Yours, which won the top prize in the Un Certain Regard program at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival; Syndromes and a Century, which premiered at the 63rd Venice Film Festival and was the first Thai film to be entered in competition there; and Cemetery of Splendour, which premiered in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival to critical acclaim. Weerasethakul has received numerous additional accolades, including the 2016 Principal Prince Claus Award. Working outside the strict confines of the Thai film studio system, Weerasethakul has directed several features and dozens of short films. Themes reflected in his films (frequently discussed in interviews) include dreams, nature, sexuality (including his own homosexuality), and Western perceptions of Thailand and Asia, and his films display a preference for unconventional narrative structures (like placing titles/credits at the middle of a film) and for working with non-actors. Cinephiles affectionately refer to him as "Joe" (a nickname that he, like many with similarly long Thai names, has adopted out of convenience). more…

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