“innovative, enigmatic…”
J. Hoberman (Village Voice, May 2002)
“The film is heatedly lyrical, boldly sexual and droll: a triumphant dramatic feature debut.” Michael Wilmington (Chicago Tribune, May 2002)
“One of the best entries at Cannes…with its languid pacing and poetic sense of quiet and gesture, Blissfully Yours would eventually uncover a world of hope, possibility and bliss at the crossroads of human connection and aesthetic achievement.” Manohla Dargis (LA Weekly, May 31-June 6, 2002)
“One of the charms of this (Cannes) festival is when a film sneaks in on tiptoe. “Blissfully Yours”…is such a movie… Sex in the open air says something about this haunted trio, and something about displaced people.”
Joan Dupont (International Herald Tribune, May 2002)
Blissfully Yours / Sud Sanaeha

126 minutes / 35mm, 1,66:1, Dolby SRD / Colour, Thailand / France, 2002

Director / Writer: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Cast: Kanokporn Tongaram, Min Oo, Jenjira Jansuda, Sa-gnad Chaiyapan, Kanitpat Premkij, Jaruwan Techasatiern, Duangjai Hiransri Mee Maadman, Suchada Sirithanawuddhi, Wibool Boonrak
Camera: Sayombhu Mukdeeprom
Editor: Lee Chatametikool
Music: Songs by Nadia, Zentrady
Sound: Teeekadet Vucharadhanin, Lee Chatametikool
Art Director: Akekarat Homlaor, Arthit Mahasri
Production Designer / Costume Designer: Santipap Ingon-gnam
Costumes: Manita Niyomprasit
Assistant Director: Suchada Sirithanawuddhi
Production Manager: Sirithorn Teerakulchanyut
Producers: Eric Chan, Charles de Meaux
Production: Kick the Machine, Bangkok; Laong Dao Co., Ltd., Bangkok; Anna Sanders Films, Paris

Premiered at the Cannes Film Festival (Un Certain regard), 15–26 May 2002, where it was awarded Le Prix Un Certain regard.



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“…directors aren't making Apichatpong Weerasethakul's kind of films anywhere.”
Mark Peranson (Globe, Toronto, September 14, 2002)
“My greatest personal surprise at the [Toronto Film] festival…The film’s stunning accomplishment is to transcend all genres not by standing outside them but by enfolding and subsuming them within itself.” Girish Shambu (24 fps, October 2002)
…Blissfully Yours is a metamovie – in this case, a movie about the movie-watching experience – like no other.”
Johnny Ray Huston (The San Francisco Bay Guardian, September 25, 2002)
“The one truly great film of 2002…” Robert Koehler, 2003










Synopsis

Roong longs for the day when she can be in the arms of her Burmese lover, Min, an illegal immigrant. She pays Orn, an older woman to take care of Min while she looks for a place for them to share their happiness.

One afternoon, Min takes Roong to have a picnic in the jungle where they feel free to express their love. Meanwhile, Orn has also gone to the jungle with Tommy, her husband's co-worker.



Filmmaker’s Statement

“I treasure some kinds of old Thai disaster movies. Many of such tell a forbidden love story between a man and a woman that the mother earth destroyed them. Similarly, Blissfully Yours contains innocent narrative and simple characters. The settings are open landscapes and the disaster plot is there, except that it is transformed into another kind of disaster.”





Le Prix Un Certain Regard, Cannes Film Festival, France 2002
Golden Alexander Award for Best Film, Thessaloniki Film Festival 2002
Grand Prize, TOKYO FILMeX, Japan 2002
Circle of Dutch Film Critics (KNF) Award, Rotterdam Film Festival 2003
The International Critics Award, Buenos Aires Film Festival 2003
Silver Screen Award: Young Cinema Award, Singapore Film Festival 2003
Best International Film Award, Images Festival, Canada 2004