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Last Life in the Universe(เรื่องรัก น้อยนิด มหาศาล)

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Thailand, Japan, Netherlands · 2003
Rated R · 1h 52m
Director Pen-Ek Ratanaruang
Starring Tadanobu Asano, Sinitta Boonyasak, Chermarn Boonyasak, Yutaka Matsushige
Genre Drama, Action, Thriller

An obsessive-compulsive Japanese librarian living in Bangkok spends most of his days contemplating suicide in his lifeless apartment. His life changes when he witnesses the death of Nid, seconds before he was about to jump off a bridge. This brings him in contact with Nid's elder sister Noi - these two lost and lonely souls help each other find the meaning to their meaningless existences.

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Variety by David Rooney

It recovers from an opening that's a little oblique to grow progressively more seductive as the two lost central characters become entwined.


Village Voice by Jessica Winter

Cheeky and elusive, Last Life in the Universe inhabits a high-lonesome world unto itself, a bright daydream that dissipates in the aching gap of a missed connection.


TV Guide Magazine by Ken Fox

Ratanaruang's simple willingness to tie different strands of melancholy melodramas and violent yakuza thrillers together with flashes of surreal mystery immediately sets him apart from the herd.


The A.V. Club by Noel Murray

It's hard to know what's really happening in the movie versus what's merely running through the characters' heads, and the poignant final shot muddies the picture even more, raising the question of just when (or if) the story jumps from real to imaginary.


New York Post by V.A. Musetto

Enthralling performances are given by Tadanobu Asano (Miike's "Ichi the Killer") as Kenji and first-timer Sinitta Boonyasak as the pot-smoking Noi.

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