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With: Mahasamut Boonyaruk, Saengthong Gate-Uthong, Sawatwong Palakawong Na Autthaya, Raenkum Saninn, Pen-Ek Ratanaruang (narrator), Chuck Stephens
Written by: Wisit Sasanatieng, based on a novel by Koynuch
Directed by: Wisit Sasanatieng
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Language: Thai with English subtitles
Running Time: 100
Date: 12/12/2004

Citizen Dog (2004)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Bottled Up

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

From the midst of the Thai New Wave comes Wisit Sasanatieng's amazingly cockeyed Citizen Dog, a kind of dreamy, cartoony romance in which anything can happen and then keeps on happening. Country boy Pod (Mahasamut Boonyaruk) moves to Bangkok and falls in love with the equally dreamy Jin (Saengthong Gate-Uthong). He begins to rearrange his life in order to be closer to her, even if it means conquering a mountain of plastic bottles. As with Sasanatieng's previous film, Tears of the Black Tiger, the artificiality eventually conquers the emotional connection to the characters, but there's still a lot to see. The American film critic Chuck Stephens, a specialist on Thai film, plays "Peter."

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