Mundane History

Synopsis: Explores the relationship between Ake, a young man who is paralyzed from the waist down after an accident, and Pun, the male nurse who takes care of him, and of course Ake's father. Ake is at first cold towards his nurse Pun, but as Pun continues to earnestly take care of him he starts to open up his heart through candid conversations. The physical contact with Pun makes him rethink physical desires that he wants to forget. The grudge he held against his father slowly abates. All of this slowly becomes the motivating factor to confirm that he is alive, albeit with physical problems.
Genre: Drama
Production: MoMA NY
  4 wins & 5 nominations.
 
IMDB:
6.6
Year:
2009
82 min
7 Views

Should I switch off the lights?

MUNDANE HISTORY:

Your room is this way.

Lift your legs.

Turn over.

Turn back.

Sit up.

Put on your shirt.

I'm sorry.

Please wake me up if I doze off again.

You were talking in your sleep.

It's an old habit.

My mom said I sleep-talked a lot as a child.

Hope I didn't say anything too strange.

It's a lot better these past ten years.

But it still comes and goes.

Time for your medicine.

The food looks good.

Sit.

I had Kaew cook Ake's favourite dishes.

Let's eat.

How is the food?

Good.

Do you need a hand?

What did you say?

Can you turn off the radio?

Let me help.

- It's alright.

What's for dinner?

- A lot.

Khun Thanin said you will dine upstairs

with him and Khun Ake tonight.

He is kind, just as you said.

But I'll miss your spicy food tonight.

How is Khun Ake doing?

He needs time.

It's difficult, especially at his age.

Poor thing.

They must have bad karma from their past

lives.

They?

Khun Ake's mother was really ill too.

She suffered a lot in her last days.

I'll go check on Khun Ake.

The curry needs more spice.

I don't know how to describe it.

The house is beautiful.

But everyone here

is just so soulless.

Not sure I can last here long.

Will you be mad if I quit?

I know it's important for you.

For us.

I'm not angry.

Why would I be?

You're right about this.

OK?

I love you.

Bye.

What are you staring at?

Shall I let you feed me?

There. Feed me.

Will you excuse me?

Come and join us.

I'm Pun, here to take care of Khun Ake.

I'm Kaew. I'm the cook.

That's my nephew, Pui.

Hello.

- Hello.

Are you from Bangkok?

No, I'm from Prae.

But I grew up and studied in Khon Kaen.

Where are you from?

Roi-Et. But I've lived in Bangkok for ages.

Nice and spicy. Did you make it?

- Who else?

Do Khun Ake and Thanin like spicy food?

Khun Thanin is kind.

He lets us cook our own food.

Quite often, he isn't home for dinner.

Kaew!

Don't talk with your mouth full.

Oh, Khun Thanin left a few hours ago.

He said he'd be out for a while.

He might not be back for dinner.

You'd better finish eating and go attend to

Khun Ake.

He vomited.

But I already cleaned it up.

Should I switch off the lights?

Phakpoom Surapongsanuruk

Arkaney Cherkham

Paramej Noiam

Anchana Ponpitakthepkij

Karuna Looktumtong

Art Director:
Parinda Moongmaiphol

Director of Photography: Ming Kai Leung

Sound Design:
Akritchalerm Kalayanamitr

Music:
The Photo Sticker Machine & Furniture

Editor:
Lee Chatametikool

Producers:
Soros Sukhum Anocha

Suwichakornpong

Director:
Anocha Suwichakornpong

Should we start physical therapy today?

No.

Wait. His room is upstairs.

Don't.

Pun.

- Yes?

Ake's things are in the dresser.

Take a look and see.

Let me show you your room.

I'll be out for a while.

If you need anything, ask Somjai.

OK.

What's the matter?

Nothing.

- Very well, then.

Would you like to watch TV?

Uncle Yut and Khun Num are downstairs.

Can they come up?

I don't want to see them.

Tell them I'm sleeping or something.

If that's what you want.

- That's what I want.

Next time anyone visits

just tell them I'm sleeping.

But I can't say that all the time.

- Tell them I don't want to see them.

You can go now.

It's OK. I'll wash them.

Thank you.

Khun Ake wants to eat inside his room.

He said he will eat there from now on.

Full already?

Your medicine.

More water?

The water made me cough, didn't you see?

Want to watch TV?

You don't like to watch TV?

I don't watch it much either.

But it's good to keep up with the news.

I wanted to travel a lot when I was young.

I wanted to be a newsman.

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