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Happy Old Year (2019)Happy Old Year (2019)

Happy Old Year (2019)

An elaborate Thai drama about the cost of going full Marie Kondo

Drama, Romance

best
THE VERY BEST

8.0

movie

Thailand

English, Japanese, Thai

Lovely, Slice-of-Life, Sunday

2019

Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit

Aokbab Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying, Apasiri Nitibhon, Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying

113 min

Synopsis

While decluttering her home, a woman's hefty house renovation leads her back to the past when she uncovers her ex-boyfriend's belongings.

Our Take

8.0
Bilal Zouheir

An interior designer comes back from Sweden to her birthplace in Thailand where she tries to declutter her family home to make it a minimalist, Marie Kondo-type house. “Minimalism is like a Buddhist philosophy. It’s about letting go,” she tells her mother as she tries to convince her. “Are you nuts?” The woman replies.

Jean insists and she embarks on a journey of touching what hasn’t been touched in decades: traces of an absent father and a past lover among the old Nokias and VHS tape recorders.

Happy Old Year is a contemporary exploration of the age-old resistance to throwing things away. Decluttering is a costly act, one of rejecting and discarding memories. The film was Thailand’s official submission to the Oscars.

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